fire cherry Rosaceae Prunus pensylvanica
Leaf:Alternate, simple, lanceolate, 3 to 5 inches long, 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide, finely serrated margin, green above and slightly paler below.
Flower:Species is monoecious; white, 1/2 inch across, occurring in a small cluster.
Fruit:Red drupe, 1/4 inch in diameter, ripening in mid summer, very sour.
Twig:Slender, glabrous, reddish brown; buds are small (1/8 inch), reddish brown and clustered at the branch tips; a mild bitter almond taste when chewed.
Bark:Lustrous, shiny, red-brown, long horizontal lenticels, may peel off in horizontal strips.
Form:A small tree to 30 feet tall, 1 foot in diameter.