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Home Publications Tree Planters' Notes Tree Planters' Notes Volume 23, Number 3 (1972) Black Cherry Seed Germination: a comparison of seeds collected at different stages of maturity

Black Cherry Seed Germination: a comparison of seeds collected at different stages of maturity

Black cherry (Prunus serotina Ehrh.) fruit matures unevenly as the result of sequential flower opening. When fruit begins to ripen there is a mixture of black, mature; red, nearly mature; and green, immature fruit on each raceme. The Woody Plant Seed Manu al (1948) states that somewhat greenish fruits (probably those that are green but show a red tinge) can probably be collected if seed coats within the stones are tan to brown. Huntzinger (1968) found that embryos are usually mature in cherries with red skin. He also found that green fruit collected in bulk from several trees did germinate satisfactorily under certain conditions, but tree-totree differences were not determined. This article reports on a study made to identify germination differences among seeds collected at three stages of maturity and to determine whether mother tree and/ or time of seeding affects this germination.


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Author(s): Donovan C. Forbes

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volume 23, Number 3 (1972)

Volume: 23

Number: 3