Prunus virginiana
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Distribution: Alaska, Canada and much of the United States

Habitat: Foothills and lowlands, more common in drier areas

Flowers: May - Early July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Deciduous, erect shrubs or small trees, 1-5 m. tall, the bark purplish-gray.


Leaf blades elliptic to oblong-obovate, finely serrate, 4-10 cm. long, bright green and glabrous on the upper surface, paler and glabrous to pubescent beneath.


Inflorescence a terminal, pendant, many-flowered raceme, the uniform pedicels 4-8 mm. long; calyx glabrous, the 5 lobes spreading to recurved, oval, finely glandular, 1-1.5 mm. long; petals 5, creamy white, sub-orbicular, early-deciduous, 4-6 mm. long; stamens about 25; pistil 1.


Drupe ovoid, 8-11 mm. long, red to purple or black.

Accepted Name:
Prunus virginiana L.

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var. melanocarpa    Alaska to California, east to the Dakotas, Kansas and New Mexico
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Prunus virginiana checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Prunus virginiana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Prunus virginiana photos.

USDA Plants: Prunus virginiana information.

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