Poplar and cottonwood make the best baits, but in case they cannot be obtained, use birch, willow or black cherry.
black cherry, cerasus occidentalis, is a genus of the natural order rosace.
The black cherry is the most common species in the United States, and is both wild and cultivated.
The thin young bark of the black cherry curls in a very birch-like fashion.
The crown of black cherry is narrow and the branches are horizontal.
black cherry prefers a rich soil and an open habitat; hence it is generally not common in woodlands of northeastern Kansas.
Here grew a long, irregular row of wild red cherry trees and black cherry trees, now just past the season of bloom.
That which is red within, is more palatable than the English black cherry, as being without its bitterness.
The same is true of many other timbers, notably sweet and yellow birch, black cherry, and several of the oaks.
For this reason it is called the black, or cherry, birch, and also because the tree is very much like the black cherry.