Prunus emarginata

Attractive bark, red berries that are inedible to humans but eaten by birds, especially cedar waxwings. Larval host for various butterflies. Fragrant blooms April to June, cherries ripen July- to September. Often found in disturbed areas of open woods. Bitter cherry forms thickets.

Bitter cherry flowers by T. Tuason
Bitter cherry branches by W Siegmund
bitter cherry bark by W. Siegmund
  • Bitter cherry flowers by T. Tuason
  • Bitter cherry branches by W Siegmund
  • bitter cherry bark by W. Siegmund

Plant Details

Habitat:
Riparian Forests
Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
great for stream bank stabilization
Mature Height:
7-25 ft tall
Shade Preference:
Full Sun, Partial Shade,
Soil Tolerance:
moist, loam or sandy loam with good drainage. Also grows on dry, exposed sites
Special Uses:
woodland garden ornamental, attracts birds