The leaves are alternate, simple, ovate to elliptical shaped, emerging with a nice bronze tinge in spring, changing to a medium green after growing to its final size. Margins are very finely serrated and the tip is long and pointed. Like all cherries, it has a gland on the petiole.
Cherries have obvious lenticels, on young and older stems. On young ones they are rounded and look like slightly raised glands. On older stems and trunks they form longitudinally arranged bands.
An added bonus is the beautiful fall color, usually a pretty yellow orange color.
There is a selection of this cultivar that retains its bronze colored leaves called 'Royal Burgundy'. There is a small one on Morrissey Blvd near Soquel Drive, actually next to the large canary island palm, corner of Melrose and Morrissey.
Misidentification: Double purple flowers, distinct V shape habit make it easily identifiable.
Santa Cruz : downtown on Pacific Ave.
Aptos: Cabrillo College along Soquel Drive.