Rum cherry tree © Barbara Tokarska-Guzik, University of Silesia, Bugwood.org
Dark grey to almost black, peeling in small strips and with a bitter, aromatic smell.
Broadest above the middle, margins with fine, forward-pointing teeth and an apex with a short, tapering tip. On underside of the leaf there are rusty-coloured hairs on either side of the midrib.
10–15cm long, cylindrical, with leaves at the base of the spike.
White, 8mm, the petals minutely toothed.
8mm, black, retaining triangular, sharp-pointed sepals at the tip.
The rum cherry is supposedly named because of its use to flavour rum and brandy. It is unusual among cherries in retaining the sepals on the ripe fruit.
In the UK, the rum cherry is mostly planted as an ornamental tree. In Europe it is sometimes planted for timber.
Rum cherry bark.© Keith Kanoti, Maine Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Rum cherry leaves have rusty or orange-coloured hairs either side of the midrib.© Bill Cook, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
Rum cherry tree.© Barbara Tokarska-Guzik, University of Silesia, Bugwood.org
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