The deciduous cherry plum tree is native to Europe and western Asia, and is also known as the myrobalan plum shrub. Cherry plums are crosses between the sand cherry and various plums, and produce a small, plum-like fruit that can be eaten right off the tree or used in jams.
Cherry plum trees are really hardy and withstand harsh winters. Reaching a height of 6 to 8 feet, the tree produces pale pink blossoms in spring and can be used in hedging. The cherry plum requires cross pollination to produce fruit.
Easy to grow, the cherry plum tree is a decorative and distinctive tree for landscaping and garden use. It prefers sun and well-drained soil, and is a popular ornamental tree due to its early flowering season.