Shrubs or trees, not suckering, 30–150 dm, not thorny. Twigs with terminal end buds, densely puberulent. Leaves deciduous; petiole 4–20 mm, glabrous or ± puberulent on adaxial surface, sometimes glandular distally, glands 1–2, ?discoid?; blade broadly ovate, oblong, or suborbiculate, 1.9–4.5 × 1.2–3.4 cm, base usually rounded to truncate, sometimes subcordate, margins crenate, teeth blunt, glandular, apex abruptly acuminate, ?apicula obtuse?, surfaces usually glabrous, sometimes midribs and veins hairy abaxially. Inflorescences 4–10-flowered, corymbs; central axes 8–40 mm. Pedicels 6–18 mm (subtended by leafy bracts), glabrous. Flowers blooming at leaf emergence; hypanthium conic-campanulate, 2–3 mm, glabrous externally; sepals reflexed, oblong, 1.3–2 mm, margins entire, surfaces glabrous; petals white, elliptic to obovate, 6–7 mm; ovaries glabrous. Drupes dark red to black, ovoid, 6–10 mm, glabrous; mesocarps leathery; stones ellipsoid to subglobose, ± flattened. 2n = 16.
"Shrub or tree to 10 m, with widely spreading branches; young twigs glandular-puberulent; lvs broadly ovate to orbicular, 3–7 cm, more than half as wide, abruptly short-acuminate, rounded to subcordate at base, finely serrate, the gland near the sinus; corymbs on short, leafy-bracted branches, 4–10-fld, with a distinct axis; pedicels 1–2 cm; cal and hypanthium glabrous; pet white, glabrous, 5–8 mm; fr dark red to black, bitter, 6 mm thick; stone subglobose; 2n=16. Native of Europe, occasionally escaped from cult. in our range."
|Mahaleb or perfumed or St. Lucie cherry|