Plum Myrobalan (Prunus Cerasifera) commonly known as Cherry Plum is a member of the Rosaceae family, native to Europe and Asia and naturalised in the British Isles. It is a deciduous shrub or small tree with mid green foliage providing attractive edible yellow and red cherry plums in autumn.
Clothed with small white flowers on the dark grey bare branches from late winter into early spring it is one of the earliest flowering shrubs giving interest in the harsher months. The nectar from this early blossom is invaluable for insects in the earlier months of the year and the spherical edible cherry plums that follow in the autumn are a great for the birds. It is self fertile but can also be pollinated by other Prunus varieties.
Plum Myrobalan makes an excellent dense hedge on its own or in a mix, creating a thick barrier of thorny twigs along with all its other attributes. It’s listed as a plant that is used today to prepare Bach flower remedies and is one of the ingredients in Dr Bach’s original ‘crisis formula’ which he put together for emergency use!
Plum Myrobalan is lovely as a small tree in its own right, as a hedge 120-200cm in height or included within a hedge. It can be planted in a sheltered or exposed spot in moist but well drained soil but does require full sun. The best time to prune is after flowering.
Plum Myrobalan is sold as a bare root plant and as such can only be planted between the months of November and March when the plants are dormant. Please call our office if you have any other questions or would like help in working out the quantity of plants you may require.