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Myrobalan (Prunus cerasifera)
Honeybee and Prunus cerasifera

Myrobalan (Prunus cerasifera)

Myrobalan, or Cherry Plum, Prunus cerasifera, was introduced to Britain, but so long ago we have included it here. It is a useful, hardy and fast growing small tree, with occasional spines. Cherry Plums make a good windbreak, lay well, and look good in a hedge; they are a major component of our Edible Hedge mix. Although normally associated with light soils we have a couple of Cherry Plums in our orchard which do well on clay. Traditionally they were often planted around fruit trees as protection from the wind. They are among the first trees into blossom (from February), and their masses of pretty white flowers swarm with honeybees on a warm day. Invaluable early season forage. Like all the native plants we sell, British grown from UK seed.
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We sell 60-90cm bare root whips in multiples of 5, delivering from end November to end March.

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Myrobalan (Prunus cerasifera)

Prunus cerasifera will occasionally bear fruit, which is red or yellow and rather sharp, but good for the birds or for jam. Its main value, however, is its very early blossom - even before Blackthorn. This isn't just decorative - it's an increasingly important source of forage in February / March for early flying bees in particular, and makes it into our top ten plants for bees. Technically - although it's a close relation to Blackthorn - it's an archaeophyte, i.e. it came to the UK some time over 2000 years ago. Unlike Blackthorn it doesn't sucker, which makes it a good candidate for an urban or suburban hedge.

Like all the native trees we sell, our Myrobalan are grown in the UK from UK origin seed. We sell 60-90cm 2 year old Prunus cerasifera plants in multiples of 5.

Suppliers: RV Roger, Oakover Nurseries

See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. These Cherry Plum plants are all bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March (please ask if you are interested in pot grown plants). During the lifting season there may be up to a month's delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for Prunus cerasifera placed between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.

Size

  • Ultimate Height

    12m

  • Ultimate Spread

    10m

  • Time to Ultimate Height

    Over 20 years

Soil

  • Type

    Clay, loam, sand, chalk

  • pH

    Neutral, acid, alkaline

Situation

  • Position

    Sheltered or exposed

  • Sunlight

    Full or partial sun

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