Blood plum as a high stem: a decorative alternative

Blood plum as a high stem: a decorative alternative

Flowering and harvest

In May the high trunk impresses with a wonderful bloom. This produces orange to dark red plums with a size of two to three centimeters. The fruits are good for making liqueur or for immediate consumption.

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Most varieties form delicate clusters of flowers.


The specialist trade offers high trunks in various sizes. The blood plum has upright growing shoots. Its crown is moderately broad and densely branched. It has no dominant central shoot. The Prunus cerasifera Nigra shows an uneven growth. During the first few years it grows moderately. Its growth is 20 to 50 centimeters per year. The growth rate decreases with increasing age.

In principle, tall trunks are sold with wire bales. Depending on requirements, the trade offers young blood plums that are one to five meters high. The diameter of the trunk is about 15 to 50 centimeters.


For this reason, young standard trunks should be cut at least once a year in the first few years. A targeted cut offers the perfect basis for shapely growth.


Any garden soil is suitable for this rose plant.

Smaller root runners of this high trunk are in the upper layers of the soil. For this reason, it is advisable to create a large tree grate.

Tree grate:

  • Diameter: at least one meter for smaller specimens
  • Grass mulch: at least five centimeters thick
  • Increase the tree slice with increasing height (approx. 20 centimeters each)

Tips & Tricks

With the right location, you can prevent blood plum disease. It also delights with its easy-care nature.