Cherry Plum - Prunus cerasifera

Alt Name
Myrobalan Plum
Description

A spreading open-crowned small tree to 8 metres. Leaves shiny and hairless above, hairy beneath. Flowers white, 5 parted usually solitary15 to 20 mm appearing slightly before the leaves. Fruit 1 to 5 in a bunch, globular, 2cm, glossy pale green, finally yellow or red, slightly grooved.

Similar Species

Cherry Plum has larger and more rounded leaves than Blackthorn and generally flowers earlier. It also lacks the spines found on Blackthorn.

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Habitat

Hedgerows and woodland.

When to see it

Flowers February to March.

Life History

Deciduous tree or shrub.

UK Status

Occasional but widespread in most of Britain, often naturalised as it is sometimes used in hedging or found as a garden plant.

VC55 Status

Not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 17 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map