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bitter cherry

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Bitter cherry blooming

Prunus emarginata

Deciduous Tree

Height: 30 ft.

Availability: Medium

Growing ease: Medium

Moisture req.: dry - moist

Exposure req.: sun - part shade


Plant description:

Attractive clusters of white, small flowers bloom in spring followed by small red fruits in late summer. Also has an attractive reddish bark. Can be a single trunked tree or a multi-stemmed shrub. Great for wildlife. fruits for birds and mammals, nectar and leaves for butterflies and larvae.

Keywords: birds, butterflies, fire-resistant , fruit, red, upright, white

Plans that use this plant:Dry, part shade, Dry, sunny