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Prunus cerasifera
cherry plum
WTU specimens
Other herbaria
WTU images

Distribution: Introduced and escaped, mostly in Western Washington, but also in southeast Washington.

Habitat: Open, disturbed areas.

Flowers: March-April

Origin: Introduced

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Deciduous, glabrous and spineless shrub or small tree with glossy, green twigs.


Leaves alternate, oval, finely serrate, 4-7 cm. long, shiny, green.


Flowers appearing with the leaves; petals 5, white; stamens 20-30; pistil 1.


Globose drupe, yellow or red.

Accepted Name:
Prunus cerasifera Ehrh.
Publication: Beitr. Naturk. 4: 17. 1789.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Prunus cerasifera Ehrh. var. pissardii (Carrière) L.H. Bailey
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Prunus cerasifera in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Prunus cerasifera checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Prunus cerasifera atlas page.

CalPhotos: Prunus cerasifera photos.

USDA Plants: Prunus cerasifera information.

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