Indian-plum Rosaceae Oemleria cerasiformis (Torr. & A. Gray ex Hook. & Arn.) Landon Listen to the Latin symbol: OECE Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous; generally elliptical or oblong, 2 to 5 inches long, light green and smooth above and paler below; margins are entire to wavy; fresh foliage tastes like cucumber. Among the first plant to leaf-out in the spring.
Flower: Species is dioecious; whitish-green, inconspicuous, appearing in April to May.
Fruit: Ovoid drupes up to 1/2 inch long, orange or yellow when young but blue-black when mature; borne on a red stem.
Twig: Slender, green turning to reddish brown, pith chambered, conspicuous orange lenticles.
Bark: Smooth, reddish brown to dark gray.
Form: An erect, loosely branched shrub reaching 15 feet.

Looks like: twinberry
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Oemleria cerasiformis is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Indian-plum.
More: Fall Color
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
© Copyright 2016, Virginia Tech
Dept. of Forest Resources
and Environmental Conservation,
all rights reserved.
Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson
Virginia Tech Homepage CNRE FREC