Desert Apricot (Prunus fremonti)
Desert apricot is a shrubby tree that is native to southern California. Its a member of the rose family, as is evident by its showy, pinkish-white flowers. And as the name suggests, in the springtime, this plant produces a thick almond-sized fruit. If prepared correctly, the fruit is edible, however the seeds are toxic. So you will want to avoid those.
Desert apricot prefers rocky areas around 3,000 feet in elevation. The species name is derived from the early American explorer, John C. Fremont.
Desert apricot fruits were considered a great delicacy for the Cahuilla people of the Coachella Valley and Mojave Desert region. Desert apricots were considered a rare treat, due to the fact that the fruit is only available in the spring and because the plant grows in a restricted elevation range.
Desert apricot foliage in the winter.