Prunus CUNEATA Rafinesque.                                                                               HOME

1. Rafinesque Ann. Nat. II. 1820. 2. Bailey Cor. Ex. Sta. Btd. 38:101. 1892. 3. Britton and Brown Ill. Flora 2:250. 1897. 4. Gray Man. Bot. ed. 7:498- 1908.

P. pumila cuneata. 5. Bailey Cyc. Am. Hort. 3:1451. 1901.

Prunus cuneata, sometimes called the Appalachian cherry, is not growing at this Station but is described in the references given as very similar to the Sand Cherry, differing in the following respects: The plant is dwarfer but is more erect never having prostrate branches; the branches are smoother and lighter colored; the leaves are shorter, more oval, more obtuse, thinner, less conspicuously veined, teeth fewer and the points more appressed; the flowers are larger, petals broader and are borne on slightly curled stems in umbels of two to four; the fruit and stone in the two species are much the same, possibly averaging smaller in this species.

The habitat of Prunus cuneata is from Maine to North Carolina and northwest to Minnesota, being most commonly found in wet, stiff soils near lakes and bogs but often found on rocky hills if the soil be not too dry.

It is doubtful if this cherry is as promising for cultivation as the foregoing species and not nearly as worthy attention as the next cherry.