Bitter Cherry

Prunus emarginata
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: t’ulum
  • Description: Deciduous tree, 2-15m tall. Leaves are oval, finely toothed and rounded at the tip. Flowers are white in a flat-topped cluster. Cherries are bright red and bitter.
  • Habitat: Moist forests and along streams. Also thrives in recently logged areas. An important pioneer species for forests.
  • Harvest: The bark is harvested in late winter and early spring, and used to make medicine for sore throat, fever, bronchitis, and other maladies.
  • Fun Fact:  Cherries of this species are so bitter they are virtually inedible for people, but are much loved by birds.

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