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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

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


Growth Rate

Flower Color
White, Pink

Flowering Season

Native Status

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

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


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

Butterflies ?

Agrochola purpurea Image
Agrochola purpureaAgrochola purpurea
Pseudorthodes irrorata Image
Pseudorthodes irrorataPseudorthodes irrorata
Fishia discors Image
Fishia discorsFishia discors

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very 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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