: any of a genus (Prunus) of drupaceous trees or shrubs of the rose family that have showy clusters of usually white or pink flowers first appearing in the spring often before the leaves and including many grown for ornament or for their fruit (such as the plum, cherry, or apricot)
Recent Examples on the Web Six natural ingredients, including antioxidant components rose and prunus, help to hydrate, nourish, and relax skin. —Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Apr. 2023 There is even a talk on how to combat the invasive prunus. —Jeff Lowenfels | Alaska Gardening And Growing, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Feb. 2023 Gentry started on the oaks and hickories, Witsell on the prunus and viburnums, and Ogle wrote the technical descriptions and the family group sections. —Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2021 The choices include forsythia, various willows and Japanese flowering quince, as well as a range of prunus, specifically Japanese flowering apricot, flowering plum, flowering cherry and fruiting peach. —Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2021
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