Prunus nigra is a small tree to 10 m. much branched, bark of twigs noted to be gray-brown with pale lenticels (described as having blackish bark).
Leaves alternate, egg-shaped, 7-12 cm long more than half as wide as long, tip long-pointed, base blunt, margin toothed, each tooth tipped with a dark gland, leaf stalk with two prominent, dark glands.
Flowers white, in clusters of 3-4, sepal margins glandular, petals 1-1.5 cm long.
Fruit fleshy, red to yellow, 2-3 cm wide, stone flattened.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Moist woods.