Plant ID forum: Cherry plum or something else?

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London, UK
SpiralDoctor
Jul 26, 2017 1:47 AM CST
A shrub in our new garden has fruited this year and we're not sure exactly what it is. At first I thought it was a Bumelia but now I think it's some sort of cherry plum.
The one thing that doesn't add up is the pointed end (see photo). The fruit has now gone a deep red/cherry colour and is soft.
You'll also see that the trunk is covered in spines.
Anyone have any ideas?
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier The WITWIT Badge Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moonhowl
Jul 26, 2017 9:03 AM CST
@SpiralDoctor I am not sure, but give these links a look for comparison. It looks rather like a Blackthorn.


https://www.woodlandtrust.org....

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplu... cherry-plum (Prunus cerasifera).
London, UK
SpiralDoctor
Jul 26, 2017 11:18 AM CST
Thanks, my wife thought blackthorn and kept mentioning sloes but the fruit is completely the wrong colour. Sloes are blue/black aren't they? These fruit are a deep red colour like a cherry. I think most of them have fallen off now and a rotting on the floor or been got by the birds but I'll post a photo if I can find one intact.

None of the cherry plum images I can find show a tapered end to the fruit.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier The WITWIT Badge Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moonhowl
Jul 26, 2017 2:38 PM CST
I think this calls for Janet Super Sleuth. @JRsbugs Perhaps she can be of help.

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