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botanical name:
Oemleria cerasiformis
Oemleria cerasiformis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Indian Plum, Oregon Plum, Oso Berry, Skunk Bush
synonyms:  Osmaronia cerasiformis, Nuttallia cerasiformis
family:  Rosaceae
characteristics: shrub, scented/aromatic
height: 4.00m
width: 4.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: brown
main season: Spring
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
description:
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.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
From seed, greenwood cuttings or separated, rooted suckers.

usage:
Shrub border or woodland garden.
The berries are edible when fully ripe.

other notes:
From western parts of North America.

pronounced: oom-LER-ee-uh seh-ra-sih-FORM-is

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