St Lucie cherries

St Lucie cherry - Prunus mahaleb
Pin cherry - Prunus pensylvanica

ID check

  1. Flowers on hairless stalks, in clusters of 10 or fewer.
  2. Leaf margins with blunt or rounded teeth, often tipped with a claw-like gland.
  3. Leaf stalk hairless.
  4. Flowers arranged along a short stem, not all arising from a central point.
  5. Flowers up to 20mm across on stalks up to 15mm long.
  6. Fruit up to 10mm long.

Description

St Lucie cherry tree

St Lucie cherry tree © Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft. Bugwood.org

St Lucie cherry: leaves with an abruptly pointed tip, downy on the underside. Ripe fruit 8–10mm long, ovoid and glossy black.
Pin cherry: leaves with a long, tapering tip, hairless. Ripe fruit 6mm long, globe-like and red.

Tree

Small, spreading trees.

Leaves

Broadly oval to rounded. Margins have small, rounded teeth with short tips.

Flowers

1–6 in stalked, branched clusters. Flowers 10–20mm across, white, fragrant.

Ripe fruit

Ripe fruit bitter.

Notes

Weeping varieties are sometimes planted.

Images

St Lucie cherry flowers

St Lucie cherry flowers.

© Jean Tosti, Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License
St Lucie cherry

St Lucie cherry tree.

© Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
St Lucie cherry fruit

St Lucie cherry fruit.

© Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org

Diagrams

These explain some of the important tree and plant parts mentioned on these factsheets.

Flower

Diagram of a flower showing the stigma, stamen, style, petal and sepal

Leaf parts

Diagram of a leaf showing the apex, margin, midrib, vein and stalk