Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera)

The Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera), also called Myrobalan (plum) and Purple leaf plum, is a species of plum native to central and eastern Europe.

  • Cherry Plum Tree  -  Prunus Cerasifera  -  Mature Tree In Blossom
  • Cherry Plum Tree Prunus Cerasifera Blossom
  • Cherry Plum Tree  -  Prunus Cerasifera  -  Leaves Close Up
  • Cherry Plum Tree  -  Prunus Cerasifera  -  Winter Stems And Buds

Useful info about Cherry Plum trees

Latin NamePrunus cerasifera
TypeDeciduous (loses its leaves in winter)
HeightCan grow up to 8 metres (25 feet)
SpreadThe branches can spread out to 3.5 (12 feet)
Soil Types PreferredChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Locations SuitableGardens, Hedgerows, Patios
FlowersWhite flowers in Spring
FruitRed / yellow fruit in late summer

Similar Species


Cherry Plum is a large shrub or small tree reaching 6-8 m tall, with deciduous leaves 4-6 cm long. It is one of the first European trees to flower in spring, often starting in mid February; the flowers are white, 1.5-2 cm across, with five petals. The fruit is a drupe 2-3 cm in diameter and yellow or red colour; it is edible, and reaches maturity from mid-August to mid-September.

The fruit can be red or yellow depending on cultivation. It may be eaten fresh in some forms, being sweet with a good flavour, while others are sour, but excellent for jam making.

Cherry Plum is a very popular ornamental tree in gardens, grown for its very early flowering. Numerous cultivars have been developed, many of them selected for purple foliage and pink flowers, such as Prunus cerasifera 'Pissardii' and 'Nigra'. These purple-foliage forms also have dark purple fruit, which make an attractive, intensely coloured jam. Others, such as 'Lindsayae', have pale pink flowers and green foliage.


A green dye can be extracted from the leaves and a grey / green dye from the fruit.


Any uses for trees or tree extracts, whether edible or medicinal, have not been tried or tested by EFORESTS.

Please take caution and seek proper advice before attempting any recipes or medicinal extracts from any of the trees listed on our site.

Culture and Symbolism

It is believed that the cherry plum tree represents diversity, beauty, good health, patience.

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