|Prunus tomentosa is a broadly spreading, twiggy, and dense shrub. Leaves are alternate, simple, obovate to elliptic. It grows 6 to 10 feet in height and has a 15 feet spread, developing a more open growth habit with age. The bark is an attractive, shiny reddish brown, with exfoliating layers. The dark green leaves are very fuzzy on their lower surface. The pink buds open into white, fragrant, flowers in mid spring. The small, edible fruits are scarlet, ripening in mid summer. Great for either the border or mass plantings, both the flowers and fruits are lovely. Cultivated since 1870, originated in north and western China and Japan. Seeds require cold stratification.