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Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' Tree

Purple Leaved Plum Trees

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

A striking small flowering cherry, Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' boasts rich, deep purple foliage and stems which can appear almost black. The leaves of 'Nigra' emerge bronze before colouring to purple/black and then red and orange in the autumn. In March-April, it erupts in a mass of single pink flowers which are popular with bees and contrast beautifully with the dark foliage.

Its form is rounded and it will grow to an estimated height and spread of 5 x 4 metres in 20 years. Tolerant of most positions and pollution, the purple leaved plum will do well anywhere but wet sites and those with shallow chalk soil. A really beautiful ornamental tree for smaller spaces creating a wonderful foliage foil for other plants.

AKA Prunus cerasifera Nigra, Black cherry plum, Black leaved plum, Purple leaved plum, Blaze, Flowering cherry tree, Cherry blossom tree, Ornamental plum tree more ›
Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'
45L pot approx 2.5-3.0m Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth £139.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'
45L pot approx 3.0-3.5m Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth £149.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'
45L pot approx 3.5-4.5m Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth £199.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'
55L pot approx 4.5-6.0m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth £249.99 (ex. VAT) New batch ready Spring 2018
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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an email (

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.


Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.


Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Prunus Cerasifera Nigra trees

When planting Purple leaved plum trees, such as this Prunus Cerasifera Nigra, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown purple leaved plum trees can be planted at any time of the year.

To prepare the site, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5 sizes wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. We recommend using a stake and tie when planting, which will ensure your roots are well anchored. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

After Care Advice for Prunus Cerasifera Nigra trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of warm or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little, make sure not to over water.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first 3 years. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.
If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Ornamental Plum trees

Although it is possible to simply leave your Flowering Cherry tree to its own devices, it can be encouraged by gentle pruning. If you prune your tree for the first few years it will create a more balanced branch framework. Prune after flowering i.e. after the petals have dropped but before the new shoot growth appears.

After two to three years, you will only need to remove any damaged or unwanted branches. However, the formative pruning that you have already carried out will have led to a healthier tree, less likely to need this.

Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' Tree (Purple Leaved Plum Trees) Description

  • Common name: Purple leaved plum tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Foliage: Pink flowers amongst bronze foliage with hints of purple and black in the spring, turning red and orange in the autumn
  • Soil: Suited to all but very wet or chalky soils