Cherry Plum - Prunus cerasifera

    Alt Name
    Myrobalan Plum

    A spreading open-crowned small tree to 8 metres. Leaves shiny and hairless above, hairy beneath. Flowers white, 5 parted usually solitary15 to 20 mm appearing slightly before the leaves. Fruit 1 to 5 in a bunch, globular, 2cm, glossy pale green, finally yellow or red, slightly grooved.

    Similar Species

    Cherry Plum has larger and more rounded leaves than Blackthorn and generally flowers earlier. It also lacks the spines found on Blackthorn.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Green 1st year stems, no (visible) thorns, flowers with long pedicels at the same time as the leaves, sepals not strongly reflexed. It flowers a couple of weeks earlier than P. spinosa


    Hedgerows and woodland.

    When to see it

    Flowers February to March.

    Life History

    Deciduous tree or shrub.

    UK Status

    Occasional but widespread in most of Britain, often naturalised as it is sometimes used in hedging or found as a garden plant.

    VC55 Status

    Not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 17 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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