Cherry Plums

Cherry plums are crosses between the sand cherry (Prunus besseyi) and various plums. They are very hardy since they can withstand our severe Minnesota winters. They are small trees (6-8 ft.). They are more resistant to drought and late spring frosts than cherries and plums. Cherry plums yield a small, plum-like fruit that can be eaten fresh. Cross pollination is necessary so we have two varieties: Sapalta and Deep Purple. Both varieties are good eaten fresh, and can be processed into jams and sauces. We sourced our cherry plum trees from Alpine Nursery, a local nursery near Houston, MN.

Sapalta: This nearly freestone fruit has dark purple skin and flesh, with a juicy sweet flavor. 

Deep Purple: Ripening in mid-August, this variety has deep purple skin and flesh similar to Sapalta. The fruits are over 1" in size and have small pits. Fruits are sweet with a pleasant plum-cherry flavor.