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Plum, Purple-leaved

Prunus cerasifera Nigra, Plum Purple Blaze

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  • Root Type/Plant Size

    Bare Root, 40-60cm (16-24ins) (Pre-order (Plants not dormant))

  • £6.99
Size / Type Price per item for
1+ 5+ 50+
Price per item for 1+ 5+ 50+
Br 40-60cm
£6.99
£6.59
£6.00
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Br = Bare Root Plant

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Shiny purple shoots with dark red foliage which is red when young changing to deep purple on purple stems, contrasting dramatically with masses of pink flowers in March and April. Dark red, tasty cherry plums in autumn. It will form a dense deciduous hedge and can be very effective if mixed with Myrobalan Plum. Can also be grown as a very colourful free standing shrub or small tree. This is available in our Ornamental Trees section as a 125 - 150cm (4 - 5ft) plant.

HEDGE Trim after flowering. For hedges 1.2 - 1.8m (4 - 6ft). Plant 45 - 60cm (18 - 24ins) apart.

SHRUB Trim late summer if needed. 90cm - 4.6m (3 - 15ft)

TREE 6 x 6m (20 x 20ft) in 20 years, ultimate height 7.6m (25ft).

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Plum, Purple-leaved is available as:

Br = Bare Root Plant

Bare-Root Plants

Bare-root plants are sold without a pot/soil around the roots. This is a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of growing plants. To ensure the best plant health we do not store our plants in cold storage, but they are left in our field or plant beds until they are ready for packing or collection.

Items marked Br are bare rooted plants grown from cuttings and are typically 1-2 years old.

Availability

Bare rooted plants are only available when the plants are dormant (typically from late November to March).

If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.

Planting Distances for planting as a Hedge

We recommend planting Plum, Purple-leaved in a single row between 45cm/18ins apart and 60cm/24ins apart:

Planting closer will mean the plants will grow together and form a hedge quicker, but requires more plants.

To calculate the number of plants needed for a length of hedging, click on Planting Distance Calculator above.

Planting Guide & RootGrow

We recommend planting with RootGrow. The recommended amount for RootGrow for an order will be shown in your shopping basket.

We will send out a planting guide with your order, you also can find a guide to planting here.

Pruning

Hedging - As a general rule, plants grown for hedging need pruning to encourage side branching. Usually the harder a plant is pruned the bushier it will be. If they are not pruned there is a danger that the hedges will be thin and bare at the base and that the tips of the plants will die back. If the plant is naturally bushy, less or sometimes no pruning will be needed to achieve a dense hedge.

Plum, Purple-leaved: Cut back by about one third the leading and long side shoots. Prune only May to July.

    • SKU
      PLUP1
  • Awards
    • Awards
      RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • Good for Wildlife/Bees
      Yes
    • Native
      No
    • Evergreen/Deciduous
      Deciduous
  • Soil and position
    • Suitable for any normal soil and position, and
      Suitable for Chalky Soil
      Suitable for Windy Sites
  • Plant Height and Growth
    • Hedge Height
      1.2-1.8m (4-6ft)
    • Approx. Ultimate Height
      7.6m (25ft)
    • Average Growth per Year
      30-45cm (1-1.5ft)
  • Root Type/Plant Size
    • Root Type/Plant Size
      Bare Root, 40-60cm (16-24ins)
    • Potted/Bare Root
      Bare Root