Taxon  Report   6889    
Prunus emarginata  (Douglas) Eaton
Bitter cherry
Prunus emarginata
© 2003 Michael Charters
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Prunus emarginata
© 2005 Dr. Mark S. Brunell
Prunus emarginata
© 2007 Neal Kramer
Prunus emarginata, a dicot, is a tree or shrub that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Prunus emarginata
© 2006 Steve Matson
Family: ROSACEAE  
Genus: Prunus
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Chaparral

Toxicity: MAJOR (SEEDS)

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: canyons, slopes, ridges

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata
More information about  Prunus emarginata
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 22, 2019).