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Prunus cerasifera

Cherry Plum, Myrobalan
Rosaceae
Edible fruit, Trees

PRUNUS

This rich genus includes everything from English laurel to flowering apricots, cherries, peaches, and plums. (For edible varieties, see individual listings for apricot, cherry, peach, plum, and plum hybridss.)

Ornamental species and forms can be divided into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. Evergreen types are used chiefly as hedges, screens, shade trees, street trees. Deciduous flowering trees and shrubs, closely related to the fruit trees mentioned above, are valued for their winter or spring floral display as well as for attractive shape and for foliage form, texture, and sometimes even fall color. Many of these deciduous kinds offer a bonus of edible fruit.

Prunus cerasifera

Native from central Asia to the Balkans. One parent of domestic plums, this is most often used as rootstock for various stone fruits. Dark green leaves cover this 25-ft. tree. Pure white flowers. Red, 1- to 1 1/4-in.-wide fruit is sweet, a bit bland, and has a large seed; some seedlings bear yellow fruit.

Though this plum produces fruit, it is most well known for its ornamental flowering varieties, which have red, white, or pinkish flowers, and green, purple, or red leaves. Because this tree self sows freely, it is common in the wild, especially in the Pacific Norhwest, California, and Utah. It has also naturalized from the Northeast through the Great Lakes region and north into Canada, and in the mountains of Georgia and Tennessee.

'Thundercloud'

Grows 20 ft. high and wide. Light pink to white single flowers, dark coppery leaves that emerge just after bloom. Rounded in habit (more so than P. c.). Sometimes sets good crop of 1-in. red fruit.

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