Cherry Plum is
a deciduous much-branched
tree, up to 7.5 m tall and freely suckering,
with a smooth, dark bark, which becomes crinkled with age. It has
been widely introduced into hedges and as an ornamental tree. Young
twigs are often green unlike Blackthorn.
Pure white flowers
appear in late February or early March, long before the leaves.
flowers occur singly or, occasionally, in pairs on short stalks, 5-15
The fruit, spherical,
yellow or reddish, is cherry sized, but is only produced in favourable