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Species: Bitter Cherry

Scientific Name: Prunus Emarginata

Classification: Deciduous Tree



Description: The Bitter Cherry tree, also known as the Wild Cherry is a smaller sized broad-leafed species ranging from pruned shrub to upwards of up to 50 feet in height if left undisturbed. It is native to British Columbia, Washington State, Oregon and California, as well as Idaho, Montana and Arizona and New Mexico, most commonly found in low to medium elevations. Bark is smooth and shiny and reddish brown in appearance. Branches tend to be silvery in color, developing alternating oval shaped leaves 1-3 inches in length. The tree flowers in the spring months, with small white clustered flowers, which are followed by bright red, bitter fruit which develop in the late spring to early summer months. In the wild, the species is commonly scattered among coniferous or western hardwood stands of trees and has a relatively short lifespan of 70-80 years.

Site Conditions: The Bitter Cherry is adaptable to different soil types, but prefers well drained, moist to wet soil conditions, having a high tolerance to seasonal flooding, but not standing water. It prefers full sun exposure and is tolerant to partial shade.

Stock: This species is in stock and available for pickup at our Arlington, WA location or available for delivery

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