The elliptical leaves
are alternate, spreading when young,
are 5-8 cm long, with a blunt-toothed margin: they are dark-green and
somewhat shiny above, soon hairless or nearly so beneath. There are
glands at the top of the 2-3 cm long
Dwarf cherry is
a much-branched deciduous shrub
or small tree up to 7 m, with dark slender stems, an ill-defined trunk
which suckers freely. An introduction
which has escaped from cultivation and become established in hedges
flowers are in flat-topped clusters on short stalks, 1-4 cm long:
they appear in April and May after the leaves.
The petals are
almost circular with a round base.
The fruits, which
are ripe in July and August, are bright red or black and very sour.
One of the parents
of the cultivated 'Morello' cherry.
despite being sour, are used for jam, syrup and liqueur making.
A native of