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Prunus emarginata

Bitter Cherry

Community: Mountain

Brief Description

Native flowering cherry beautifies terrain.

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  • Fragrant White Bloom
  • Small Red "Cherries"
  • Good Erosion Control
  • Yellow Fall Foliage

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Plant Description and Details

The "mountaineering" country cousin of ornamental flowering cherries, Bitter Cherry has profuse spring blooms with decorative (but bitter) small cherries appearing in the summer and fall. It can do well on a rocky, seepy bank or slope or in thebackground of a shrub diorama. Native Americans appreciated the bark, red when polished, in basketry, and found numerous medicinal uses for the tree. It has a limber branching pattern with light reddish-grey bark and leaves slightly blunted at the ends.

Common Names Bitter Cherry
Community Mountain
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant No
Native Range Foothills, rocky mountain slopes, valleys, throughout intermountain states.
Native States CA, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Cut banks, rocky/gravelly areas.
Mature Height 6 - 12 ft.
Mature Width 10 ft.
Group Spacing 5-10 ft.
Blossom Color White
Blooms Spring
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Prune if desired.
Wildlife Notes Deer and elk browse and shelter. Birds like the berries.
Plants Symbol PREM
Family Name Rosaceae
Lewis & Clark Yes

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