The trees at Keele
We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!
Cherry Plum Prunus cerasifera
Cherry Plum is one of the first trees to flower in the UK, coming out even before the Blackthorn Prunus spinosa. It is a popular plant in gardens being grown for its early flowers which come out long before the leaves. The flowers are 5-petalled on short stalks, 5-15 mm long. The fruit is spherical, yellow or reddish, cherry-sized, but is only produced in favourable years.
Numerous cultivars have been produced, many for their dark foliage which contrasts with the pale flowers which can be white or pink.
The form illustrated below is Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'
Location : One by the dam between lakes 1 and 2; compartment 14A, square P11; tag 1027. One in the Memorial Garden.