Prunus cerasoides

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Prunus cerasoides, D. Don (P. Puddum, Roxbg. Cerasus Puddum, Wall. C. Phoshia, Hamilt,). A Himalayan representative of P. Pseudo-Cerasus, described by Hooker as a large tree of brilliant appearance in flower, glabrous except the puberulous young shoots, the rose-red or white fls. solitary, fascicled, or urabelled, the calyx-tube narrowly campanulate and the petals obovate or linear- oblong: lvs. ovate-lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, caudate-acuminate, sharply serrate, glabrous, 3-5 in. lone, the petiole with 2-4 glands: fr. oblong or ellipsoid, obtuse at both ends, with scanty yellow or reddish acid flesh; stone bony and furrowed. Temp. Himalaya, 3,000-8,000 ft.—The name is catalogued in S. Calif., with the statement that the tree "blossoms in November and ripens its fruit in April." Hooker (Fl. Brit. India) places it with species having "flowers appearing before the leaves."


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