Flower: White racemes appear when leaves are half to newly formed. Flowers May to July.
Fruit: Flesh is dark purple, almost black when ripe, with a bitter-sweet taste. Matures June to October.
Twig: Slender, reddish-brown, sometimes covered in gray epidermis, pronounced bitter almond odor and taste. Buds are about 1/5 inch long covered in several, glossy, reddish-brown to greenish scales. Leaf scars are small and semicircular with 3 bundle scars.
Bark: Smooth with narrow, horizontal lenticels when young. It becomes very dark (nearly black) breaking up into small, rough, irregular, upturned plates (burnt corn flakes), when older.
Form: Medium-sized tree which on good sites develops a long, straight, clear bole.
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