Prunus cerasus is not known as a wild plant.  It is cultivated and often naturalized in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. 

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Cultivation History

  Prunus cerasus is a natural hybridization between P. avium and P. fruticosa.  According to two distinct chlorotypes detected by cpDNA crosses between P. avium and P. fruticosa have occurred twice. These two species overlap in northern Iran and Turkmenistan.  It was brought to Europe by the Romans and then brought to America by European settlers.  It is cultivated mainly in Eastern United States.  Michigan is the leading producer of sour cherries.  Lake Michigan's influence on winter and spring temperatures are beneficial. 

Top Five countries of sour cherry production:
     1) Russia
     2) Poland
     3) Turkey
     4) Germany
     5) Iran

  The niche of Prunus cerasus is greatly affected by humans.  Growth can be controlled by pruning of branches.  New trees do not grow on their own, but rather are planted in certain areas.  Trees are planted in sections 18x24ft rectangular, or up to 25 ft square around. 

  Other animals such as small mammals and terrestrial birds may be found in the same niche as sour cherries.  These animals use sour cherries for shelter and food. 
For interactions with other species see

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