Prunus cerasifera 'Pissardii' displays dark-purple leaves on blackish stems, against which the pale pink flowers that appear in spring are a beautiful contrast. The flowers often fade to white and can be followed by plum like ornamental fruits (not edible to humans) in the autumn, so extending the period of interest. The foliage also makes an excellent foil to other plants.
With a rounded habit, the height and spread of this ornamental Purple Leaved Plum tree after 20 years is about 5 x 4 metres, making it suitable for small gardens. Prunus cerasifera 'Pissardii' is low maintenance, requiring little in the way of pruning and can tolerate a range of positions. It does well in a reasonably fertile soil in sun or partial shade, but it’s best to avoid very wet conditions.
AKA Cherry Plum tree, Purple Leaved Plum, Flowering Cherry Blossom
Our pot grown Pissardii Purple Plum trees can be planted at any time of year. Choose a location away from strong winds to protect the blossom, then remove weeds and grass within a metre of the site. Dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and twice as wide. To help the tree establish, sprinkle root grow in the hole.
Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost. Fill in the hole and firm around gently, taking care not to bank soil up around the collar of the tree.
Water Pissardii Flowering Plum trees well and regularly through the first spring and summer, increasing in periods of hot or dry weather. In autumn, you may only need to water a little. Our irrigation kits aid establishment.
Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.
Although you can leave Purple Leaf Plum trees to their own devices, if you prune them for the first few years they will create a more balanced branch framework and healthier trees in the long run. After two to three years, you will only need to remove any damaged or unwanted branches.
Carry out pruning after flowering i.e. after the petals have dropped but before the new shoot growth appears.
1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat
Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.
The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
|Plant Specification||Form||Supplied Size||Root type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|Single Stem Tree||150-200cm||10L pot*||£69.99 (ex VAT)|
|Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth||approx 2.5-3.5m||28L pot*||£189.99 (ex VAT)|
|Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth||approx 3.0-3.5m||45L pot*||£209.99 (ex VAT)|
|Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth||approx 3.5-4.5m||45L pot*||£229.99 (ex VAT)|