Sp. Pl. 1: 474 (1753) APNI
Establishment means:Sparingly established
Deciduous shrub or small tree to c. 8 m high, often suckering; young twigs glabrous. Leaves elliptic to ovate or obovate, mostly 4–8 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide, base obtuse or rounded, apex acute to acuminate, margins crenate-serrate, glabrous, usually with a few hairs below; petiole 5–30 mm long, glabrous. Flowers in clusters of 2–6 on short lateral shoots, appearing with or before the leaves; pedicles 10–35 mm long, glabrous. Sepals rounded, glabrous, margins glandular; petals suborbicular, white. Drupe depressed-globose, 13–20 mm diam., glabrous, bright red, flesh sour; stone subglobose, smooth. Flowers spring.
*CVU, *HSF, *VAlp. Also naturalised SA, NSW. Native to Europe and Asia, cultivated for its fruit and sometimes grown as a hedge, known from only a few records outside of cultivation in cooler regions of Victoria.
Prunus cerasus is closely related to the sweet cherry (P. avium L.), which is generally distinguished by its larger, hairy leaves, sweet fruits, and is typically a single-stemmed tree.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|