In the Garden
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
*Also known as rum cherry
Sweet Cherry (P. avium)
*Also known as bird cherry and wild cherry
Black cherry has glossy, oblong leaves with pointed tips and serrated edges. Its fragrant, white flowers hang in pendulous clusters. In late summer its fruit turns a deep, purplish-black. While bitter to eat right from the tree, these cherries make excellent jams and pies. The leaves and bark have a distinctive cherry-like odor when crushed. While the fruit of the sweet cherry is not exactly sweet, birds love them, which is why it is called the bird cherry. Its species name avium is Latin for “bird.” 30 This tree has fragrant, white flowers and dark, oval leaves with serrated edges.
Cherry trees are a symbol of abundance. They also attract good luck. Place cherry blossoms on your altar when performing spells to stimulate and attract love. In a bridal bouquet the flowers foster a long, happy marriage and increase fertility. Burn a piece of bark as incense to heighten awareness during divination sessions. Press a cherry blossom in a book, and when it dries out, keep it in your wallet to help overcome an obstacle. When the obstacle or situation is resolved, burn the flower as you affirm your gratitude for this tree’s help.
Cherry is associated with the elements fire and water. Its astrological influence comes from Mercury and Venus. This tree is also associated with the following deities: Artemis, Flora, Mars, the Morrigan, Pan, Persephone, and Thor.