Oemleria cerasiformis – Oso Berry (formerly indian plum)

The word plum typically conjures up an image of a 2-3” dark-colored sweet and juicy fruit. Well, this plum is purple but fleshy – no, just the barest coating of flesh that nine out of ten times isn’t even sweet. This shrubby tree up to 15’ or more is however much loved for heralding spring being one of the earliest natives to begin blooming along with the soft green leaves. March flies and native bees help pollinate the female plants as this is a dioecious plant with the sexes being on separate trees.