Other NamesBird Cherry
Osoberry is the only species in genus Oemleria. The binomial name for Osoberry is Oemleria cerasiformis. Oemleria cerasiformis is also known as Oregon Plum, Indian Peach, Indian Plum, and Bird Cherry. Osoberry tastes like a very weak plum combined with blueberry. Osoberry looks a lot like pussywillow until it flowers. Osoberry rarely suffers injury from insects or disease.
Osoberry plants are among the first plants to leaf out and flower early in the spring. Osoberry plants are shrubs that can reach 15 or 16 feet tall. Osoberry plants are native to the Pacific coast and are found in the wild from British Columbia, Canada all the way down to Santa Barbara, California.
Osoberry is shallow rooted and will benefit from occasional irrigation during the first year or two of growth. Osoberry can also be grown by transplanting root suckers in their dormant season. Osoberry spreads slowly, and mostly by root suckering.
Osoberry is an edible berry and may be used to make chutney. Pacific coast Native Americans make tea from Osoberry bark, and chew the twigs to use as a mild anesthetic. Osoberry are eaten by birds and small mammals.
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