Prunus mahaleb L.
Family: Rosaceae
Prunus mahaleb image
Tony Frates  
Shrub or tree to 10 m, with widely spreading branches; young twigs glandular-puberulent; lvs broadly ovate to orbicular, 3-7 cm, more than half as wide, abruptly short-acuminate, rounded to subcordate at base, finely serrate, the gland near the sinus; corymbs on short, leafy-bracted branches, 4-10-fld, with a distinct axis; pedicels 1-2 cm; cal and hypanthium glabrous; pet white, glabrous, 5-8 mm; fr dark red to black, bitter, 6 mm thick; stone subglobose; 2n=16. Native of Europe, occasionally escaped from cult. in our range.

Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

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From Flora of Indiana (1940) by Charles C. Deam
I have found this species as an escape in a few counties and it has been reported from Monroe County. I found several large trees in Clifty Creek Valley in Jefferson County. Miss Edna Banta writes me that it is a more or less frequent tree on the wooded bluffs of the Ohio River from Brooksburg to Madison in Jefferson County.


Indiana Coefficient of Conservatism: C = null, non-native

Wetland Indicator Status: N/A

Similar species: Page is under construction. Please see link below for general information on the genus Prunus.

Etymology: Prunus is the Latin name for plum.

Author: The Morton Arboretum