Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 10 feet (2-3 m)
Plant Spread: 12 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Erosion control
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Photo taken at Al's Garden Center, Woodburn, Oregon

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 28, 2012 2:34 PM

Native in the Pacific NW west of the Cascade Mountains and along the Columbia River Gorge, from British Columbia south to California. One of my first bloomers in the spring. Makes a nice summer screen as an understory to taller trees. The fruit ripens in fall and provides winter food for birds and mammals. Only the female plants bear fruit, which is edible but bitter. Spreads by suckering. The crushed leaves smell similar to watermelon rind. The bark may be used as a mild laxative. Nectar source for hummingbirds, moths, butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

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