Prunus cerasus L.

Sour Cherry

Deciduous suckering shrub or tree to 10 m tall. Leaves ovate to obovate, to 10 cm long, acuminate, coarsely toothed. Flowers up to 35 mm wide, usually 3 flowers together in stalkless umbels, white to pink, flower stalks to 4 cm long, sepals becoming reflexed. Fruit round with a depression, reddish black.

The 2 cultivars offered in Australia are the 'Morello' or sour cherries used in preserves and 'Montmorency' which is a fairly sweet old French cultivar.

S Europe to N India.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rosaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Rosales
family       Rosaceae
genus        Prunus L.