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Nov 22, 2011 2:44 PM

is this a Pissard Plum tree?



this is my first post and a question...


I have recently got really interested in tree and plant ID. I want to know all the trees in my local area and plants. In the park i saw this tree and this leaf - what is it?

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    Nov 22, 2011 5:26 PM (in response to treelover)
    Re: is this a Pissard Plum tree?

    Hi Treelover,

    Yes - your small trees certainly look like they are Pissard's Plums (Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea'). This was first grown in this country in the 1880's and is very frequently planted in parks and urban areas. More recently it has been somewhat superceded by the cultivar 'Nigra' - this has more intensely coloured foliage which is a bit shinier and the flowers are a deeper rosy-pink in contrast to the very pale pink of Pissard's plum. It has been crossed with other species, the hybrids retaining the reddish foliage - one such example being the Double Cherry-Plum (Prunus x blireana)... as its name suggests it has double, pom-pom type flowers whereas Pissard's and Nigra are single flowered.

    Best wishes


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