Purple-Leaved Cherry Trees

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Misc 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
Also Good Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering Feb, Mar

Prunus cerasifera Nigra (Standard)

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
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Purple leaf cherry plum trees

The tough and beautiful Prunus cerasifera Nigra, also known as 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. 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. Head over to our ornamental cherry tree section for more choice.

It does bear fruit, although not reliably. The juicy red plums are sweet, and make great jam.

How to grow

Your black cherry plum is not fussy. 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.

It has gained the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, so we know it'll do well and look great.


  • Final height/spread: 8m x 6m
  • Foliage: deciduous, deep purple
  • Use: specimen, street tree
  • Features: spring blossom, richly coloured foliage in spring, summer and autumn
  • Soil: well drained
  • Native: no
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

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Cerasi- means cherry, and the ending -fera means to carry or bear something, like an aqui-fer bears water, and Nigra is black.

How Standard Trees are Measured: All our ornamental trees are graded by their girth in centimetres, measured 1 metre above ground level. A 6/8 standard has a trunk with a girth of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has one of 8-10 centimetres.
In any single variety, an 8/10 is taller than a 6/8, but the heights between different varieties can vary hugely. Most of our standard trees are between about 2.5 - 4.5 metres tall.

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

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