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Cherry Plum - Prunus cerasifera © Aaron Parker

Cherry Plum - Prunus cerasifera         Photo: © Aaron Parker

With its profusion of white blossom, swarming with insects on a warm day, the cherry plum (also known as the myrobalan plum) is one of the earliest trees to flower here in Spring. This hardy vigorous relative of the cultivated plum, now naturalised in Britain, is often used as a rootstock for other prunus species and makes an excellent windbreak for protecting other trees.

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