Thursday, September 02, 2010

Cherry Plum (Prunus Cerasifera) North Fife

Prunus cerasifera 'Myrobalan'

Now, this really is special and almost lost from cultivation. A most worthwhile and fast growing hedging plant with the added bonus of tasty red or yellow fruits the size of large cherries but the shape of plums (hence the name Cherry Plum) - get these before your children do! Before its leaves appear the branches are smothered in white flowers.
Sometimes known as the Myrobalan Plum. This was once grown as a shelter belt for orchards and can be traced back to the 1700's. Make jam, wines or even liqueurs from the fruits. Forms a very dense hedge of thorny twigs making it an extremely effective barrier.
I bought saplings many years ago as a root stock for any of the Prunus family, a row has remained heeled in and now yields a prodigious amount every year.

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Anonymous said...

What an interesting fruit. I've never heard of it here in western Canada. Will have to enquire at the botanical garden to see if cuttings were brought to "the new world".

Peter Mannox said...

It's Very likely as it forms the basis for grafts. Sometimes called Myrobalan.