Prunus mahaleb

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Prunus mahaleb, Linn. (Cerasus Mahaleb, Mill. Prunus odorata, Lam. Padus Mahaleb, Borkh.). Mahaleb Cherry. St. Lucie Cherry. Small slender tree with hard glabrous branchlets: lvs. 2-3 in. long, light green, round-ovate to orbicular, abruptly very short-pointed, often subcordate as base, the margine closely callous- serrate: fls. small, fragrant, white, in small terminal umbels in May and June (in. N. Y.), appearing when the tree is in nearly full leaf: fr. very small, dark red, not edible. Cent, and S. Eu. and the Caucasus.— Extensively imported for cherry-tree stocks, and frequently run wild. There are several cult, forms, as: var. chrysocarpa, Hort., with yellow fr. (Gn. 62, p. 181) ; var. albo-marginata, Dipp., with white-edged lvs.; var. variegata, Hort., with variegated foliage; var. pendula, Hort., with weeping or drooping branches (G.M. 44:210); var. globosa, Dieck, with rounded head; var. compacta, Hort., with compact condensed head; var. monstrosa, Kirchn., has very short and thick branches and branchlets; var. Cupaniana, Fiori & Paol. (P. Cupaniana, Guss.), is smaller than the type: lvs. much smaller (1/2 to about 1 in. long): peduncles short, 3-6-fld. : fls. smaller. Sicily. Var. transilvanica, Schur. Fis. small, numerous in the cluster; sepals re- flexed. Transylvania. CH

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