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Prunus avium (proo’-nus a’-ve-um)
Family: Rosaceae, Rose

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Cherry leafLeaf: Glands on leaf stem or base of leaf. Leaf is 2-6 inches long, pointed tip, irregularly or doubly toothed. Stipules usually present. 6-8 pairs of side veins. May be hairy beneath at veins. Dull green above. Spur branches have leaves.

Bud: Clustered at terminal. Glossy, spindle-shaped. True terminal bud present.

Stem: Stems smell sour when broken. Horizontal lenticels. No thorns. Stipule scars. Short spur branches. Stem is dark reddish-brown.

Flower: White, 1 to 1 1/2 inch diameter.

Fruit: Has no powder or encircling lines. Seeds are round. Fruits are solitary, reddish.

Habit: Small to medium sized ornamental. May be dwarf.