Cherry Plum ‘Pissardii’ (Prunus cerasifera)
White, and usually grow singularly in late winter to early spring
After pollination by insects, the flowers develop into yellow or red cherry-like fruits.
WHERE TO FIND
Native to southeast Europe and western Asia, cherry plum has naturalised in the UK.
VALUE TO WILDLIFE
Flowers are attractive to bees and other insects. Birds eat the ripe fruits.
Cherry plum flowers were used by Dr Edward Bach to create a remedy for people in fear of losing control of their behaviour, and are still used in Bach Flower Remedies today. Cherry plum is often grown as an ornamental tree for its early display of flowers or as a fruiting hedge. Young trees are regularly used as understocks (a root which another plant is grafted on to) for domestic plums. Its fruits can be eaten or used to make jams and wines.