Fire cherry gets its name from its quick recovery after fire or disturbance, The seeds can sprout after a century in the ground. Fire cherry roots also sprout, forming expanding thickets where they find light. The fruit is edible, but not very tasty, and does not have much flesh. They are important to wildlife. These small trees grow in CO, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, across Canada except YK, and on SPM. Oceana Co MI, 5/29/14.