Prunus virginiana is a small, shrubby tree To 10 m tall; bark not aromatic.
Leaves alternate, about 8 cm long, veins about 9 pairs, conspicuous, teeth sharp ascending, leaf teeth sharper and smaller than those of P. serotina.
Flowers white, in racemes at ends of twigs, sepal lobes blunt, deciduous.
Fruit dark red-black, astringent, pulp lipid <10% (White and Stiles 1992), eaten & dispersed by birds.
Wetland status: FACU.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. Probably not occurring in NYC. Herbarium collections at Staten Island Institute or Arts and Sciences were recently identified these specimens as P. serotina (S. Clemants personal communication).
Habitat: Open areas. Soil pH 5.2-8.4. Tolerant of fire, intolerant of shade (USDA, NRCS 2010).