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    Opata Cherry-Plum

    Prunus 'Opata'

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    Opata Cherry-Plum (Prunus 'Opata') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Opata Cherry-Plum fruit

    Opata Cherry-Plum fruit

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Opata Cherry-Plum (Prunus 'Opata') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Opata Cherry-Plum flowers

    Opata Cherry-Plum flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  15 feet

    Spread:  10 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  2a

    Description:

    A cross between a sandcherry and a plum, produces small but sweet green blushed red fruit, great for jam, pretty white flowers in spring; a very hardy sprawling shrub, excellent for the home orchard; needs full sun and well-drained soil

    Edible Qualities

    Opata Cherry-Plum is a large shrub that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces light green round fruit (technically 'drupes') with purple overtones and chartreuse flesh which are usually ready for picking in late summer. Note that the fruits have hard inedible pits inside which must be removed before eating or processing. The fruits have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

    The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

    • Fresh Eating
    • Baking
    • Preserves
    • Canning

    Features & Attributes

    Opata Cherry-Plum is blanketed in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers along the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy light green drupes with purple overtones, which are carried in abundance in late summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

    This is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Aside from its primary use as an edible, Opata Cherry-Plum is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Hedges/Screening
    • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

    Planting & Growing

    Opata Cherry-Plum will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

    This shrub is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Massing  Screening  Orchard 
    Applications
    Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
    Ornamental Features

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