Cherry dye

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Silk dyed with cherry bark; Uemera Dye Archive


Red fruit obtained from over forty types of cherry trees have been used as to make dyes. Examples are :

- Black cherry (Prunus serotina): gives purple, blue and red colors

- Choke cherry (Prunus virginiana): dark red fruit gives a bright red dye

- Red cherry (Prunus pennsylvanica): fruit (red) and bark (brown) are used for dyes.

- Sand cherry (Prunus pumila):

Synonyms and Related Terms

Prunus serotina (black cherry); Prunus virginiana (choke cherry); Prunus pennsylvanica (red cherry); Prunus pumila (sand cherry); colorante alla ciliegia (It.)

Resources and Citations

  • R.J. Adrosko, Natural Dyes in the United States, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1968