fire cherry Rosaceae Prunus
pensylvanica L. f.
|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.
Looks like: black cherry
- choke cherry
- sweet cherry
- sour cherry
| Additional Range Information:
Prunus pensylvanica is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting fire cherry.
| External Links:
Silvics of North America
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson