The Wild or Dwarf Cherry is more bush-like than
tree-like, for it sends up a great number of suckers
around the main stem. The branches are slender
and drooping. The leaves are smooth and deep blue-green
in tint, with round-toothed edges. The flowers
are not so widely open as in the Gean, but retain
more of the cup-shape, whilst the notched petals
are firmer in consistence and oval in shape.
The fruit is round, with red skin and juicy flesh
of a distinctly acid character.
The Morello, The May Duke, and the Kentish Cherries
are considered to be derived from this species.
P. Cerasus does not extend farther north than
Cumberland. In Ireland it is said to be found