Prunus tomentosa is a shrub to 3 m tall, spreading, twigs velvety-hairy, older bark dark red-brown with small yellow speckles (lenticels).
Leaves alternate, to 7 cm long, 3.7 cm wide, hairy above, dark, dull green, paler, densely velvety-hairy below, tip pointed, base blunt, margin irregularly toothed, surface puckered by deeply impressed veins, leaf stalk to 0.4 cm.
Flowers white to slightly pinkish, to 2 cm wide, blooming as leaves unfold or before; blooms April.
Fruit fleshy, bright red, translucent, 1 cm wide, one-seeded, edible, June-July.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Origin: China, Japan (Dirr 1990; Rehder 1968).
Habitat: Escaped from cultivation can be locally abundant near parent plant. Potentially invasive.