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Purple plum (Prunus cerasifera – Nigra) is an upright deciduous tree eventually making a ball shaped specimen. It has a rounded to pyramidal habit and dark-red leaves when young in spring and a very attractive deep purple foliage later which is retained throughout the summer. It has many different names like Black leaved plum, Blaze, Flowering cherry tree, Blossom Tree, Cherry blossom tree, Ornamental Cherry or Ornamental Plum tree. Masses of bowl-shaped bright pink flowers contrast dramatically on its bare purple branches in early to mid-spring and are occasionally followed by plum-like red or yellow fruits. These fruits are the same size as ordinary plums are edible, sweet and juicy and can be used to produce canned fruit.

When left unpruned this tree can grow to 6m x 6m in 20 years and later reach its ultimate height of 8m. Can be used as low tree, larger specimen shrub or in loose hedges requiring little pruning. Grows in sun and shade as well, it is very frost resistant, copes well with dry weather, city climate, wind and moisture.

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