A small tree or shrub, attaining a height of thirty feet, but usually smaller. Leaves: obovate, thick, acute at the apex, short-serrate. Flowers: racemes densely-flowered, terminating leafly branches. Fruit: a drupe, globose, stone globular.

This Cherry has long-shaped clusters of small white flowers at the ends of the leafy branches, and the edible fruit is fleshy, dark purple, and sweet, but slightly astringent, the seed containing prussic acid.