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West Fork of Oak Creek
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West Fork of Oak Creek
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West Fork of Oak Creek
ML
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West Fork of Oak Creek
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Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Deciduous. Small upright tree often forming shrubby thickets. Trunk up to 8 inches in diameter. Found on hillsides, in canyons along streamsides.
Height: 25 feet     Width: 25 feet


Habitat

Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian
Elevation: 4500 - 9000 feet

Similar Species: Prunus serotina


Flower Characteristics

Color: White   Shape: Inconspicuous in elongated clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Apr - Jun
Description: Five rounded petals to 1/2 inch wide in cylindrical cluster to 4 inches long.


Leaf Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green   Type: Simple   Shape: Round or Oval   Margin: Toothed   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: N
Description: Shiny green above with lighter green below. Elliptical to 4 inches long by 2 inches wide and with fine saw-toothed margins.
Spines: N


Fruit Characteristics

Color: Dark-red to Black   Type: Berry-like   Description: Shiny, juicy, bitter cherry to 3/8 inch in diameter. Fruit coveted by bears.


Bark Characteristics

Bark Color: Gray to Brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Smooth, gray-brown, conspicuous lenticels that develop into shallow fissures. Darker and scaly as plant ages. Young stems have shallowly peeling, curling layers.

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