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The pretty pale pink flower of Prunus cerasifer Nigra
The pretty pale pink flower of Prunus cerasifer Nigra
A pretty pale pink flower of Prunus cerasifera Nigra in early March
The crown of Prunus cerasifera Nigra in detail
A mature specimen of Prunus cerasifera Nigra in a suburban environment
Prunus cerasifera Nigra in summer foliage on the Barcham Trees nursery
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Prunus cerasifera Nigra sample video

Prunus cerasifera Nigra

Purple Leaved Plum, Cherry Plum

Estimated fully grown height 7-12m

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Product Details

Prunus cerasifera Nigra is a dark leaved form of Cherry Plum which was popularly planted as a street tree in post war Britain.

This tree has pretty single pink flowers that appear early in the spring and remain on the tree whilst the dark foliage begins to emerge, gradually fading to white and contrasting fantastically with the dark leaves. The leaves are small and very dark purple and unlike many purple leaved trees the leaves remain dark throughout the entire season, until turning a brighter red in the autumn time before falling.

Technically, this is a fruiting variety and as such has been known to produce small juicy red plums some years, although Prunus cerasifera Nigra is not a species to be relied upon to actually fruit. It also has distinctively dark brown bark and stems which looks wonderful against the dark foliage.

Prunus cerasifera Nigra is a small to medium sized tree which develops a rounded crown at maturity. This tree was introduced in the early 1900s and has established itself as a great favourite for urban planting.

It is an extremely tough tree and will tolerate most soil conditions, thriving particularly in well draining soils. Unlike many Prunus this dark beauty will tolerate very severe pruning, making it easy to maintain in smaller gardens.

This stunning tree is a great addition to any garden planting, bringing bright flowers that strike vivid contrast with its stunning dark foliage. Prunus cerasifera Nigra is early to flower, which can mean it will be in flower or foliage whilst the ground is adorned with frost, a particularly beautiful sight to behold.

Mature height: 7-12m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Avenue, Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Spring, Summer,
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
Information flags
Good for bees,

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

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Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.