Osoberry (Indian Plum)
Osoberry (Indian Plum)
Oemleria cerasiformis, Osoberry, Indian Plum, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland

Osoberry (Indian Plum)

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Oemleria cerasiformis

  • Size at maturity: 15' tall, 5-10' wide
  • Canopy layer: large shrub
  • Light requirements: full sun to full shade
  • Moisture requirements: dry to moist soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: early bloomer, fruit for wildlife

One of the first native shrubs to flower in the early spring, Osoberry, also known as  Indian Plum, produces 2–3” hanging chains of delicate greenish white flowers. The flowers appear just as the bright green new leaves are appearing. The small oval fruit, a favorite with birds, is initially yellow-gold, and turns a dull bluish-black as it ripens in late summer. In the open, Indian Plum may form a large, dense shrub while in the shade it may be more open and sprawling. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

Photo Credit 1: Tracy Cozine

Photo Credit 2: Nikkie West

Photo Credit 3: Tara Lemezis