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Indian Plum
Oemleria cerasiformis
  
About Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis) Nurseries Show All Photos Oemleria cerasiformis, also known as the Osoberry and Indian Plum, is the sole species in genus Oemleria. It is a shrub native to the Pacific coast and ranges of North America, from British Columbia, Canada to Santa Barbara County, California, U.S.A. It is among the first plants to leaf out and flowers early in the spring. It reaches a height of 1.5-5 meter and has lance-shaped leaves 5-12 centimeter long. Native Americans ate them, made tea of the bark, and chewed its twigs to use as a mild anesthetic and aphrodisiac.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Shrub

Max. Height
4.9 - 20 ft (1.5 - 6.1 m)

Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Fast

Flower Color
White, Pink

Flowering Season
Spring
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter


Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open areas, forest edges, damp areas

Sun
Part Shade

Elevation ?
3' - 6719'

Annual Precip. ?
9.8" - 114.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 3.22"

Coldest Month ?
32.8° F - 51.8° F

Hottest Month ?
54.0° F - 76.8° F

Humidity ?
0.04 vpd - 26.55 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils as long as adequate drainage is provided

Drainage
Fast

Sunset Zones ?
4, 5*, 6*, 7, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Butterflies ?

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Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Low
Moderate - High


Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Oso Berry, Osoberry



Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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