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Bitter Cherry | 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.

Plant Details

HabitatsRiparian Forests, Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
Habitat Notesgreat for stream bank stabilization
Mature Height7-25 ft tall
Shade PreferenceFull sun, part shade
Soil Tolerancemoist, loam or sandy loam with good drainage. Also grows on dry, exposed sites
Special Useswoodland garden ornamental, attracts birds