Bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata)

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species native to Canada


Edible fruit/nut tree?



Latin (scientific) name: Prunus emarginata

Common English name: Bitter cherry

Other names:

French name: Cerisier amer


Grows on moist areas along streams and on recently cleared areas.

Other notes

This species’ bark is ideal for ornamental basketwork.

Hardiness zone(s)

0a, 0b, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

  • Zone 0
  • Zone 1
  • Zone 2
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
  • Zone 9

A hardiness zone is a geographically defined area where a given plant is capable of growing. Hardiness zones are based largely on climate, particularly minimum temperatures. Zone 0 covers the harshest areas in Canada for plant species. Higher numbers represent more temperate areas.

For more information on plant hardiness zones in Canada, visit Natural Resources Canada.


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