Tibetan cherry

Prunus serrula

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  1. Flowers on hairless stalks, in clusters of 2–3.
  2. Leaf margins with pointed teeth.
  3. Leaf stalk hairless.
  4. Bark of trunk and branches very glossy, purplish brown, peeling in thin, copper-brown strips.

Description

Tibetan cherry leaf

Tibetan cherry leaf © Manfred Sause, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Tree

Rounded, 10–15m tall.

Leaves

Margins with sharp, gland-tipped teeth and a long, pointed apex; downy or hairless beneath.

Flowers

Roughly 15mm across, white.

Fruits

Roughly 10mm long, ovoid, red when ripe.

Notes

The Tibetan cherry originates from the Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of China. It is grown for its spectacular, extremely glossy bark.

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