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Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Spreading / Branched

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Spring

Foliage

Black and Dark Purple in Summer
Dark Red in Spring

Fruit

Dark Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

black cherry plum

Family

Rosaceae


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

'Nigra' is a medium-sized, round-headed deciduous tree with deep blackish-purple leaves and twigs. Single, pale pink flowers open from deep pink buds before the leaves

Synonym(s)

  • Prunus 'Blaze'
  • Prunus 'Pissardii Nigra'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam, Sand, Clay or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Prune in mid-summer if silver leaf is a problem

Pests

May get aphids, caterpillars, leaf-mining moths and bullfinches

Diseases

May be affected by silver leaf, bacterial canker and blossom wilt