I am looking to buy two pissard plumb trees and have been unable to find a place to purchase them. The closest I have found is the thundercloud cultivar but would prefer the original. It does not seem to be widely used at all.
It seems to fit what I want perfectly. Beautiful flowers and foliage along with edable fruit. Planted on each side of a small drive way.
The Latin name is Prunus cerasifera atropupurea 'pisardi'
Perhaps someone here has experience with this tree or could advise me on were to acquire it. Or know something that may fit what I want better?
I hadn't heard of this particular cultivar so I did some digging to find out more. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden it is also called Myrobalan plum, and it is native to western Asia and the Caucasus. They also say it produces fruit that is relatively tasteless AND it is not used as an ornamental tree but more as a general landscape plant where a small tree is useful. I suspect it would be good for birds, however, as it is a cherry plum and the one we have (not this cultivar as far as I know) is swarmed by birds every year. It is also susceptible to a lot of disease and insects. Just so you know. If you still want it though, I discovered that the Missouri Botanical Garden has a specimen in their Japanese garden that they acquired back in 2007 from this nursery ...
Crabapple Cove Nursery
6961 Telegraph Road
St. Louis, MO
I don't know if this nursery is still in business, but a quick call should tell you that and let you know if they have a specimen available. If not, maybe you could get some seed from the one in the Missouri Botanical Garden collection. Hope that helps!
I decided to look up Myrobalan plum too, just to see if I could find more about it under that name, and found quite a bit. Plants For a Future gives it a better review than the Missouri Botanical Garden, although, to be fair, they are reviewing Prunus cerasifera alone--not necessarily the cultivar 'pisardi' that you are interested in. You may want to read that too because it gives it a 4 out of 5-apple edibility rating.
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