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common name: Indian Plum, Oregon Plum, Oso Berry, Skunk Bush
synonyms: Osmaronia cerasiformis, Nuttallia cerasiformis
full sun, part shade
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
Suckering, thicket forming shrub with alternate, lance-shaped, glossy dark green leaves, softly hairy and grey-green on the undersides. Comes into leaf very early in the year, at same time as producing pendant clusters of small, bell-shaped, scented, white flowers. Male and female flowers are carried on separate plants, female ones being followed by small plum-like, ovoid purple-black fruits.
Moist, well drained, fertile soil in sun or part shade. Male and female plants need to planted together to produce fruit. It may be necessary to restrict spread by removing suckers.
Can be hard pruned to rejuvenate mature plants.
From seed, greenwood cuttings or separated, rooted suckers.
Shrub border or woodland garden.
The berries are edible when fully ripe.
From western parts of North America.
pronounced: oom-LER-ee-uh seh-ra-sih-FORM-is