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Prunus emarginata

bittercherry (Prunus emarginata)
Prunus emarginata
Common Names bittercherry
Family Rose
Flower Color White
Plant Type Shrub - Tree
Location McCall
Native Yes
Weed No

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The bittercherry is more shrub-like than tree-like.

The bitter fruits are edible, though not favorable in flavor, and is best used in jams. Traditionally the fruits were eaten fresh or dried for future use by the Coeur d'Alene, Thompson, and Shuswap. The cherry bark can be peeled from the tree and polished to a rich red. Strips of the bark have been woven into decorative baskets to give color to their work.


For additional information please send an e-mail request to:
Dr. Clinton C. Shock
Clinton.Shock@oregonstate.edu

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Ontario, OR 97914
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