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Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’

Purple plum

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'
  • Common name: Purple plum
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Bronze

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.

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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).

How to grow Prunus 'Nigra'

  • Plant size

    10m height

    10m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Prunus 'Nigra' and wildlife

Prunus 'Nigra' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Prunus 'Nigra' poisonous?

Prunus 'Nigra' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People