Indian-plum, or Osoberry

Indian plum flowers (Photo: Ben Legler)

Indian-plum, Osoberry 


Oemleria (Osmaronia) cerasiformis

Indian plum flowers (Photo: Ben Legler)

Botanical Description: (Rosaceae) ch”əXʷadac is a tall deciduous multi-stemmed shrub, growing up to 5m in optimal conditions. The branches grow from the central root system rather than growing outward from a trunk. The deep green leaves are 7-12cm long, oval-shaped, and taper at both ends. The delicate clusters of pendulous white flowers are a welcome sign that spring is just around the corner, as ch”əXʷadac is the first of our native plants to bloom in late winter. The male and female flowers are found on separate plants and insects must pollinate them for fruits to develop.  The fruit is small and looks very similar to a plum.  The 1cm fruits grow in bunches that change color from rich salmon to deep blue-black.  The fruit are mild and juicy when fully ?????? ripe.

Habitat/Range:  Indian-plum grows west of the Cascade Mountains from British Columbia to California, from the lowlands to the footer p { color:#3b4b57; } #menu-final-footer-menu li { border-left: solid #3b4b57 1px; } News Local Business Consumer Crime Politics Entertainment Health BlogsWeather Live Radar Severe Weather school game Closings On The Spot Weather BlogSports Vikings Twins Timberwolves Wild Gophers High Do Checking Accounts Affect Your Credit?Learn how free credit reporting agencies reports are online casino tied to checking and bank accounts. school game Sports RallyBest of Arts & Culture Family casino & Pets Food & Drink Nightlife & Music Shopping & Style TravelWatch Listen Video Library Audio on Demand Seen On WCCO-TV Heard On WCCO-AMOther Traffic Traffic Cams Local Offers Directory EventsContact Us WCCO-TV 830 WCCOCorporate About Us Advertise Business Development Contact Us Mobile Connect MINN. lower elevations of the Cascades.  It Nelle sale da gioco online, cosi come nei casino di terra, la fortuna non e tutto, e non rappresenta l’unico fattore sul quale contare per portare a casa delle buone vincite in denaro; nei casino online lo scommettitore ha anche molti altri punti a suo favore, non ti resta che scoprire quali sono per poterli sfruttare e riuscire ad intascare i jackpot in palio piu ricchi. is an understory online casino nbso shrub and grows in shady areas from moist stream banks to dry woods.


Food: The young leaves are edible and have a cucumber-like flavor. The fruits can be eaten fresh or dried for winter use.  Historically, com, vous pouvez choisir de jouer au Blackjack en ligne pour de l’argent reel ou a une table permettant de vous entrainer. several customs were connected to eating ch”əXʷadac.

One was that water was forbidden while eating them, although fish oil was allowed.  During the winter dance season there was a feast dedicated to the Indian-plum.  During this feast, guests were called four times to dance.

Medicine: A decoction of ch”əXʷadac bark has been used by Makah people to treat tuberculosis and also as a mild laxative.  The plant has also been used to promote healing of the skin.  Kwakwakawakw people chewed, burnt, and then mixed the plant with oil and applied it to sores and wounds.

WARNING: Indian-plums are edible, but there is some concern that they may contain hydrogen cyanide. “The Chehalis informant stated that if one ate too many berries, one’s mouth would turn black, and one would get a stomach ache.”[1]  Consume the fruit in small quantities and be sure they are fully ripe- the non-ripe fruit tastes chalky!

[1] Gunther 37


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