Oemleria cerasiformis/Osoberry

Oemleria cerasiformis/Osoberry

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Osoberry, or Indian plum, is the harbinger of spring, filling the woods with its white blossoms as early as late January. Male and female flowers are found on separate shrubs, thus requiring the presence of both in the landscape in order for the female flowers to receive pollen and bear fruits. The fruits appear first as tiny peaches before darkening to the purple-blue miniature “plum” in mid-summer. Osoberry shrubs will grow over 15 feet tall, although they are generally seen lower than this, around 6 to 10 feet. In winter, its shiny, olive-green new twigs and large, bright pink buds brighten up the woodland landscape. Osoberry is a common understory shrub that does best in partial shade. It is tolerant of various soil conditions — including clay soils — as long as they are not saturated.

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