Prunus cerasifera (Cherry Plum)
|Price £ each (ex. VAT)|
Bareroot from November to April
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Often confused with the Sloe or Blackthorn, the Cherry Plum, or Myrobalan as it is sometimes known, is a deciduous tree introduced into Britain about 300 years ago. It flowers slightly earlier than the Sloe, but with similar abundant white flowers covering the whole plant in mid-February. The flowers are followed by small edible fruits, which are green, ripening to yellow or red in late summer.
Site and soil
The Cherry Plum will do well in most soils and situations, although it prefers well-drained soil.
Height and spread
After 10 years: 6m x 6m
After 20 years: 6m x 6m
Leaf and bark
The leaves are ovate and glossy dark green. The bark is dark brown, smooth and shiny.
Flower, seed and fruit
The five-petalled flowers are about 2cm across and are borne on the bare shoots in great profusion from mid-February. They are followed by small green spherical fruits, which ripen to yellow or red in late summer.
Woodland, hedges, specimen tree. The edible fruits are collected for jams and pies.
Nectar from the blossom of the Cherry Plum is valuable for early insects. Birds eat the ripe fruits.
Hedges should be pruned after flowering.