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Nigra

Prunus cerasifera
Prunus Nigra flowering cherry
Nigra has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Nigra is a flowering cherry-plum tree (Prunus cerasifera) notable for its intense purple-black leaves. The young shoots and bark have the same dark colour.

The blossom arrives in early spring and is a light pink colour.

Nigra flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £35.00
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
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  • 22-year pot-grown tree £58.00
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
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Next deliveries

You can pre-order now for delivery from late September 2021 for pot grown trees (or early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.


How to grow

Nigra is a relatively fast-growing tree, with attractive spreading proportions, reaching a medium-large size in 5-10 years and quickly becoming an attractive and distinctive addition to the garden.

Nigra characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) 1993
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowers
  • Growth habitSpreading / Flat-topped
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth rateFast
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flowering monthFebruaryMarch
  • Leaf colourDark purple
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Crimson Pointe
    Prunus x cerasifera
    Crimson Pointe
    A purple-leaved flowering plum tree, which grows with an upright compact form.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Prunus Nigra flowering cherry tree

How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We list more than 70 different flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.