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Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’

Cherry plum

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height6m to 9m
  • Spread6m to 9m
  • Growth HabitUpright hemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourPink
  • Leaf ColourRed purple
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ (Cherry plum). This is also known as 'Pissardi Nigra'. Leaves are red when young, becoming dark purple, with pink flowers in early spring to mid spring.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Tree

Origin

Japan and Southeastern Asia

Interest and use

Ornamental, foliage, fruit

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Light, Medium, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

You should plant in moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Remember to protect from strong winds.

Propagation

Propagation is from grafting or from seeds.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Bullfinches may eat flower buds and foliage may be attacked by aphids, caterpillars and the fungal disease silver leaf. Flowering cherries are prone to a fungus that causes abnormal crowded shoots (sometimes called witches' brooms).

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