-- var. melanocarpa)
These small trees can be found throughout our canyons, along the
roads and in thickets on the hillsides.
In the Rocky Mountain region they usually grow about 8 to 12 feet
tall, but sometimes reach as much as 30 feet.
The bark is reddish brown.
The flowers are creamy white, with yellow stamens. They hang in
attractive fragrant racemes from the ends of the branches.
The fruits are red, turning black as they mature.
There is a large hard seed in the center of each fruit. This type
of fruit is called a drupe.
They have a puckery flavor, but can be made into delicious syrups
by Sandra Bray
Along Utah roadsides
in Sevier County and
Salt Lake County, Utah