Cherry, Sweet

Prunus avium
A 50-80' tree with smooth, lustrous, reddish-brown bark that peels in horizontal strips. The bark becomes thick and furrowed with age. The stalked, egg-shaped, long-pointed, saw-toothed leaves are in clusters. The long-stalked, 1-1 1/2" white flowers are in clusters and appear just as the leaves are coming out in the spring. There are 5 rounded, often somewhat wrinkled petals and 5 reflexed sepals. The stamens are in a central clump and have long, thin white filaments and yellow stamens. The 3/8-3/4" red fruit is edible. Blooms April, May; fruits June, July. Found in roadsides, woods borders. A native of Europe.