Sargent cherry Rosaceae Prunus
sargentii Rehd. symbol: --
Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptic to obovate, 3 to 5 inches long, 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide, finely serrated margin, green above and slightly paler below; glands are present on the petiole.
Flower: Species is monoecious; pink, singular, 1 1/2 inch across; emerging before the leaves.
Fruit: Purple-black drupe, to 1/3 inch in diameter, ripening in mid summer.
Twig: Slender, glabrous, red to gray-brown; buds are small (1/8 inch), reddish brown, pointed.
Bark: The most interesting feature of this tree; glossy, red-brown to copper-brown, long horizontal lenticels.
Form: A small tree to 40 feet tall, generally oval or cultured to have multiple stems and a broad crown.
Additional Range Information: Prunus sargentii is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
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All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)