Wild cherry tree © Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft. Bugwood.org
Up to 25m tall.
Margins double-toothed, the teeth ending with a purple gland, hairy at least on the veins beneath; leaf stalk with several wart-like red glands near the junction with the blade.
Large brown bud scales at the base of each flower cluster.
Fully-open flowers are 25–35mm across, shallowly cup-shaped, white, and in some cultivars double. The sepals form an urn-shaped tube constricted just below the mouth.
10-20mm long, blackish or yellowish-red, sweet or sour-tasting.
The wild cherry is a common woodland tree but is also often planted. The fruit is edible. The cultivated sweet or dessert cherries are derived from wild cherry.
Wild cherry fruit.© Bob Press
Wild cherry flowers.© Bob Press
Wild cherry stalk with red glands.© André Abrahami, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic
Wild cherry flowers.© Böhringer Friedrich, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic
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