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Tree, 5-25 m tall, mostly smooth throughout; bark reddish-brown, peeling in horizontal strips, with prominent horizontal lenticels.
Alternate, deciduous, oblong-egg-shaped, 6-15 cm long, saw-toothed, gradually tapering to a sharp-pointed tip, smooth above, sometimes downy-hairy beneath; leaf-stalk with 1 or 2 conspicuous reddish glands at the top.
Inflorescence a loose umbel-like cluster, on a short lateral spur-shoot, of 2 to 6 long-stalked flowers; corollas white, bowl-shaped, 15-30 mm across, the petals 5, egg-shaped, squared-off or notched at the tip, 8-15 mm long; calyces 5-lobed, the lobes entire; ovaries superior.
Fleshy drupes with a large stone (cherries), nearly globe-shaped, 15-25 mm long, on stalks about 2.5 cm long, yellow becoming bright to dark red; seeds 1.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia