Prunus domestica 'BELLAMIRA'®

Prunus domestica
Prunus domestica 'BELLAMIRA'®
cherry plum
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 3-5m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Fruit trees
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Cherry plum is specific fruit, something between damson and plum, and is believed to be present and popular in Europe since the 15th century. Bellamira® is a German variety, a cross between Mirabelle du Nancy and Cacaks Beste from 1993. It produces rich yellow, spherical, free-stone fruit with red dots when fully mature. The fruit is juicy and sweet, not particularly scented. It is best picked when fully ripe and eaten fresh off the tree. You can make jams and preserves of it, too, and adding a little bit of a different fruit with a sharper flavour will enhance its taste. It ripens a week before Mirabelle du Nancy, i.e. in late August.

Deciduous leaves are mid green, broadly elliptic. White flowers appear in April and withstand spring frost down to -4°C. Cherry plum is an ideal fruit tree for organic farms and even neglected gardens as it requires little or no attention as far as pest protection or fertilizing. In small gardens in can be pruned after flowering but it will crop heavily even if left to its own devices. Small fruit size means less time required for maturing which makes it useful for colder regions where it will ripen later in the season but with equal quality.

Cherry plums have identical growing needs like usual plums – grow them in any medium fertile soil of any pH in full sun and undisturbed by branches of other trees around. Enough moisture will do them good. They can take heavy clay and wind but they do not like humid partial shade where number of fungi diseases develops. Remember that newly transplanted trees may be slow to come into cropping. Hardy to about -29°C.

Last update 23-10-2018
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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