Scientific Name: Prunus domesticus (Rosaceae).
English Name: Wild Plum (Rose family).
French Name: Le Prunier (='plum tree') or le Prunier cultivé (='cultivated plum tree').
5 Key Characters:
- very variable.
- a small to medium sized tree (not a shrub).
- no thorns.
- flowers very early in the year (late winter or early spring).
- fruit can be ovoid or spherical, red, yellow, green or purple (2 - 8 cm in diameter).
Habitat: Hedges, thickets and woodlands.
Flowering Period: January-February-March-April-May.
Status: Common. Usually 'escaped' from cultivation, from seed - hence the extreme variability. The fruit is highly regarded for jam making.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: