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Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'

Purple plum

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Colourful new growth, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

The purple plum comes highly recommended by Anne Swithinbank. Like other gardeners who grow this beautiful tree, she loves the pink spring blossom which is one of the first of the season. Bronze-coloured new growth follows this display, gradually darkening to rich purple. The foliage is especially valuable in the garden as a contrast to the greens which dominate in summer. The leaves also cast dappled shade which makes this tree a good place to retreat on a hot, summer's day. Like all deciduous prunus, it enjoys a moist but well-drained soil and thrives in full sun. The Royal Horticultural Society has also recognised its outstanding qualities and have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Species: cerasifera

Cultivar: Nigra

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 1000cm


Reader reviews

peeps

i have just found out you can grow this as a hedge, is that true and how far from the house do you need to plant it, as it would only be a couple of feet from mine

thanks


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