Purple-Leaved Cherry Trees, Large

General Info RHS AGM, Edible Fruit / Nuts
Shade Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Well Drained, Poor/Dry
Colour Pink (Medium)
Type Native, Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering Feb, Mar

Prunus cerasifera Nigra (Standard)

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £89.94Out of Stock £74.94Out of Stock £69.96
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £124.98Sold out for the season£104.40Sold out for the season£94.44
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Cherry Plum, Purple - Standard needs...
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Prunus cerasifera Nigra: Purple Leaf Cherry Plum Trees in Standard Sizes

The tough and beautiful Prunus cerasifera Nigra, the purple or black cherry plum, is a famous inner city choice, with its reliability in poor soils, spectacular spring blossom and great foliage colour. It's one of the first cherries to flower, sometimes coming into bud in late February in warm urban areas. The buds open into blush-pink, single flowers, contrasted against rich burgundy-black-purple stems. Soon, glossy, pale copper new leaves emerge, which mature to deep purple, then fire up to rich reds and orange in autumn, providing interest throughout most of the year. In the winter months its dense mushroom-shaped crown brings pleasing structure.
Browse our other ornamental cherry trees.

It does bear fruit, although not regularly. The juicy red plums are sweet, and are better for making jam than eating fresh.

Delivery season: Cherry plums are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Final height/spread: 8m x 6m
  • Foliage: deciduous, deep purple
  • Use: specimen, street tree
  • Pink spring blossom can start in Feb. March-April is normal.
  • Richly coloured foliage in spring, summer and autumn
  • Soil: well drained
  • Native: no
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Growing Purple Leaf Cherry Plum Trees

Give it a bit of sun, plant on soil that's not waterlogged, and it will grow. It will tolerate all but the toughest of conditions. It's shallow rooted, so it's ideal on streets and next to structures: town planners love it.

It's a gorgeous small tree, perfect for small and medium gardens, where it will give you good screening planted in front of a shed or outbuildings. It makes a brilliant specimen, or a subject for an avenue of trees: imagine tree after tree covered in blossom in early spring. Underplant your tree with plenty of early spring bulbs for a fabulous show in March. Choose crocus bulbs in pale and interesting shades to complement the tree's soft-pink blossom, dark bark, and mature leaves.

Did You Know?

Cerasi- means cherry, and the ending -fera means to carry or bear something, like an aqui-fer bears water (see also Christopher), and Nigra is black.
Bred in the USA in 1916, it is also sold as Prunus Blaze or Pissardii Nigra.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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