A wonderful bushy shrub with abundant trusses of very early spring flowers that smell somewhat like almonds. Very few plants, especially woodies, bloom in March, so it offers forage for nectar/pollen seekers such as bumblebees and resident hummingbirds. Resulting fruits turn from yellow to orange to blue when ripe with a contrasting red stem which is the same colour scheme as Sassafras. Fruits ripen in June and are barely edible having very thin bitter flesh over a fairly large seed; its more suitable for wildlife. Prefers open forest edges with dappled shade; soils need to be moist in the spring, but can be dry during the summer. Also known in nomenclature as Osmaronia cerasiformis or Nuttallia cerasiformis.
- Seed Count: 12-15
- Collection Date: July 2023
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Height and Width: 3m x 3m
- Germination test type: float
- Family: Rosaceae
How to germinate Oemleria cerasiformis seeds:
Soak seed 24 hours. Cold stratify 60-120 days. Germination is fairly prompt and growth is vigorous. Provide strong indirect light.