Cherries and Plums
- Fruits are
fleshy with a single, large seed.
- Leaves are simple, alternate and deciduous
with a pointed tip and serrated edges. Leaves are commonly borne on
- Each leaf typically has a small pair of glands (raised
bumps) on base of leave or on petiole.
- Leaves commonly have stipules at the base of
Cherries and plums
belong to a genus that includes apricots, peaches, nectarines, and almonds.
are called "stone fruits" because they have fleshy fruits with a single,
seed inside. Two other distinctive feature are small glands that occur
on the base of the leaf or on the petiole (leaf stalk), and stipules -
"ears" that occur where the petiole joins the twig.
contains almost 30 native species of this genus, but only three are native
two cherries and one plum.
- bitter cherry:
elliptical; flowers in round clusters; bright red fruit; tiny gland
on base of leaf.
chokecherry: leaves oblong to
obovate; flowers in elongated clusters; prominent glands on petiole.
ovate to oval; flowers in round clusters; small glands on base of
leaf or petiole.
more information on the cherries and plums native to the Pacific Northwest,
go to the species page or
see "Trees to Know in
by common name trees
by scientific name dichotomous
a book "Trees to Know" more
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