Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Pin Cherry (Prunus pensylvanica): Images

Date Location Notes Images
July 3, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I knew that there was a bunch of pin cherry trees growing along the path, but I had to wait until the fruit appeared to be sure. There are quite a number of New England plants (19) in the Prunus genus. Much more than Pin Cherry, Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana) and Black Cherry (Prunus serotina). In a few days, I'll be having my fill of Pin Cherry! Key:
  • Flowers and fruits borne on pedicels.
  • Drupes (fruit) not grooved and not glaucous.
  • Inflorescence a fascicle with 2-10 flowers (not a raceme).
  • Leaf blade with teeth that possess a gland at the tip. Note: The gland is deciduous at maturity. The leaf gland scar can be seen in the closeup in the last picture below.
  • Leaf blades lanceolate, elliptic, elliptic-ovate, or elliptic-obovate (not broadly-rounded or suborbicular). Branchlets lacking glandular hairs. 2-5 flowered fascicle.
  • Drupes 5-7 mm in diameter.