About 200 to 430 (depends upon who you ask, and what day of the week it is) species of deciduous, occasionally evergreen, trees and shrubs, found in north temperate areas, the Andes of South American and in mountainous areas of Southeast Asia. Leaves alternate, serrate, sometimes entire, with stipules. Flowers range from white, through pink to red, calyx 5-lobed, 5 petals (many cultivars are doubles meaning the stamen have been turned into petals), stamens many. Fruit usually fleshy and single seeded.
Name Derivation: Plum family
Prunus is in the family Rosaceae.