Oemleria cerasiformis

Deciduous shrub with leaves that are pale-green and broadly lance-shaped; they smell like cucumber when crushed. The flowers are greenish-white in a somewhat bell-shape that hang in 2-4″ clusters from the stem. Indian plum, also known as osoberry, has white flowers that yield small unpalatable purple fruits. Blooms early in the spring (February/March).

whole plant

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery


Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

Indian Plum
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  • Indian Plum
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Plant Details

Oak woodland
Upland Prairie and Savanna
Riparian Forests
Bottomland Forests
Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
Bottomland Forest; Riparian Forest; Oak woodland; Upland Prairie and Oak Savanna
Mature Height:
Shade Preference:
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade,
Soil Tolerance:
Dry to moist soils
Special Uses:
Attracts insects, bees and butterflies; Attracts birds; Attracts hummingbirds; Ornamental.
Arboretum Locations:
Cheldelin Middle School Arboretum
Crescent Valley High School Arboretum
Year(s) Planted:
2011, 2010