Scientific Name: Oemleria cerasiformis
Common Name: Oso berry, Indian plum
Family Name: Rosaceae
Origin: B.C. west of Cascades, U.S. - northwest, U.S. - southwest
Hardiness Zone: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Mature Size: 3 - 5m x 1.0 - 1.5m (height x width)
Habit: Twiggy, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Attract birds, Fragrance, Mixed shrub border, Specimen plant, Spring interest, Summer interest, Wildlife food, Woodland margin
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Soft flexible, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Lustrous, Pubescent, Lanceolate, Oblong, Entire, Undulate (wavy)
Flowers: Raceme, White, Yellow, Green, Mar-Apr
Fruit: Drupe, Edible, Blue, Black, Jun-Jul
Key ID Features:
Upright, deciduous shrub; leaves oblong to oblanceolate, glossy, dark green/softly hairy, gray-green beneath, held upright, cucumber-like smell; male and female flowers on separate plants, female flowers yellowish to greenish-white, petals white, bell-shaped, scented, hanging from leaf axils, 5-10 per raceme; drupe black, edibile; bark bitter.