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Prunus cerasifera
Cherry plum

Cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera) is a small deciduous tree or shrub. Its native range extends from the Balkans to Asia Minor but, due to many years of cultivation, it now naturally occurs in temperate areas all over the world.

The fruit of the tree is eaten fresh or used for soups, juices and in alcoholic beverages. The species is hardy and resistant to diseases, hence its use as rootstock when grafting other Prunus species including plums, apricots and peaches. Cultivars of the cherry plum are used for ornamental purposes in parks and urban landscaping, especially due to its significant blooming in the spring.

Cherry plum is adaptable and able to grow in a wide variety of climatic and ecological conditions. It is tolerant to drought, heavy wind and frost but requires abundant light. It grows on most types of soil in forest edges, open woodlands, disturbed sites and along riverbanks.

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