Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'

Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'

Purple plum

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'
  • Common name: Purple plum
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 10m

Spread: 10m

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • Bronze
  • Features: Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers

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The purple plum, Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra', is an ornamental variety bearing pink spring blossom early in the season, which is followed by bronze-coloured new foliage, gradually darkening to rich purple. It's a magnificent tree, which also bears incredible autumn colours before leaf fall.

Like all deciduous prunus, Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' enjoys a moist but well-drained soil and thrives in full sun. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested, Purgative if ingested

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