Prunus ssiori

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Prunus ssiori
Prunus ssiori 1.JPG
Flowers and foliage
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Subgenus: Prunus subg. Padus
P. ssiori
Binomial name
Prunus ssiori
F.Schmidt, 1868

Padus ssiori (F.Schmidt) C.K.Schneid.

Prunus ssiori, the Hokkaido bird cherry, is a species of bird cherry native to northern Japan, Sakhalin Island, and the Kuril Islands. Some natural populations may occur on the far eastern mainland of Asia in Russia and China. Its specific epithet derives from its Ainu name, meaning "bitter".


The bark is pale and lacy

Some cultivation of this species for its fruit is conducted by people in Japan and on Sakhalin.[1] The Ainu and others use its wood for various crafts, such as hunting weapons, musical instruments, and furniture.[2][3]


  1. ^ Hanelt, Peter (2001). Mansfeld's Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Except Ornamentals. Springer. p. 503. ISBN 9783540410171.
  2. ^ Phillipi, Donald L. (1979). Songs of Gods, Songs of Humans: The Epic Tradition of the Ainu. Princeton University Press. p. 172. ISBN 9781400870691.
  3. ^ Sargent, Charles Sprague (1894). Forest Flora of Japan. Houghton, Mifflin. p. 38.