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