bitter cherry Rosaceae Prunus
emarginata (Douglas ex Hook.) D. Dietr.
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, oblong to oval, from 1 to 3 inches long, serrated margins, small glands on basal serrations or petiole, dark green above and paler below.
Flower: Perfect, small, white, borne in a loose, flat-topped cluster; appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit: A bright red, juicy, drupe (cherry) about 1/4 inch in diameter, edible but bitter.
Twig: Round and slender, dark reddish brown and smooth; spur shoots common on older twigs.
Bark: Thin, dark reddish brown or bronze, tending to break and curl cross-wise; has prominent horizontal lenticels.
Form: A small tree or shrub to 50 feet tall and 18 inches in diameter, with an oblong crown.
Looks like: choke cherry
- Klamath plum
- Oregon crabapple
| Additional Range Information:
Prunus emarginata is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting bitter cherry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson