Prunus cerasifera

Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: None known

Common names: cherry plum; Myrobalan plum; Pissard plum; purpleleaf plum

Prunus cerasifera (cherry plum) is a deciduous tree (family Rosaceae). It is an ornamental plant that has escaped cultivation, so it is often found near towns and along roadsides, as well as in chaparral, woodland, and riparian areas. Cherry plum’s yellow to dark red fruits are distributed widely by people, birds, raccoons, and other wildlife. Although cherry plum trees may crowd out some native trees and shrubs, they usually grow quite sparsely, and so have a lesser impact than plants that grow in dense patches. Control cannot be achieved by simply cutting trees down, as the plant will resprout from trunks and roots.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

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Other Prunus cerasifera Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Prunus cerasifera_flowers_KeirMorse
    Prunus cerasifera (cherry plum) flowers. Photo: Keir Morse
    Prunus cerasifera_fruit (mature) and seeds_JeanPawek
    Prunus cerasifera (cherry plum) fruit (mature) and seeds. Photo: Jean Pawek
    Prunus cerasifera_fruits, stems, and leaves_KeirMorse
    Prunus cerasifera (cherry plum) fruits, stems, and leaves. Photo: Keir Morse
    Prunus cerasifera_growth habit_KeirMorse
    Prunus cerasifera (cherry plum) growth habit. Photo: Keir Morse
    Prunus cerasifera_growth habit_ZoyaAkulova
    Prunus cerasifera (cherry plum) growth habit. Photo: Zoya Akulova