Trees, not suckering, 60–200 dm, not thorny. Twigs with terminal end buds, glabrous. Leaves deciduous; petiole (14–)20–40 mm, nearly glabrous or sparsely hairy adaxially, glandular distally or on margins at bases of blades, glands 1–3, ?discoid?; blade oblong, elliptic-obovate, or obovate, (4–)7–14 × (2.5–)4–8.5 cm, base obtuse to rounded, margins doubly crenate-serrate, teeth blunt, glandular, apex abruptly short-acuminate, abaxial surface moderately hairy (especially midribs and veins), adaxial glabrous. Inflorescences 1–3-flowered, umbellate fascicles. Pedicels (14–)25–52 mm, glabrous. Flowers blooming at leaf emergence; hypanthium tubular-urceolate, 5–7 mm, glabrous externally; sepals reflexed, oblong, 4–6 mm, margins entire or sparsely and irregularly toothed, surfaces glabrous; petals white, obovate to suborbiculate, 12–15 mm; ovaries glabrous. Drupes dark red to purplish black, globose, 13–30 mm, glabrous; mesocarps fleshy; stones subglobose, not flattened. 2n = 16.
"Cylindric or pyramidal tree to 20 m; lvs ovate-oblong to obovate, 8–15 cm, short-acuminate, persistently long-hairy beneath, chiefly along the main veins, coarsely and often doubly serrate, the teeth salient or ascending, blunt or retuse, bearing the gland at the summit; pedicels 2–5 cm; sep glabrous; pet 9–15 mm, glabrous; fr globose, 1.5–2.5 cm; stone subglobose; 2n=16. Native of Eurasia, often escaped from cult. in our range, even appearing like a native."
|Sweet cherry, cerisier des oiseaux|