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Plant Guide

Prunus cerasifera

Common Name
Cherry Plum, Flowering Plum
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Tree
Size
20’ - 30’ X 15’ - 20’
Flower Color
White
Bloom Time
  • Spring
Leaves
Coppery or Red Leaves
Evergreen
Deciduous
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Bird Habitat
Growth Rate
Moderate
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Attractive Berries
  • Fall Color
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
Water Use
  • Low
  • Moderate
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

Upright and rounded, deciduous tree with green or red leaves and pink or white flowers in the early spring.

 

Master Gardener Comments

Seeds are spread by the birds. Good habitat plant.

 

Varietals

Prunus ilicifolia, holly-leaf cherry is native to California. Evergreen with spiny dark green leaves.

10’ - 25’ X 10’ - 25’

 

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