plum tree

Above: a plum tree in Tavistock Square.

Below: in the Inner Temple grounds.

plum tree

Trees of London
Tavistock Square


field maple      hawthorn

              Plum trees are quite poetic looking. This is because they have a habit of growing at an angle. They don't all produce fruit which is tasty; in London they rarely produce fruit at all. In common with most fruit trees the ones used to produce fruit, commercially, are subspecies, specially bred for this purpose.

              Sometimes, but not always, their leaves are red, and not green. Apart from this they all have the same basic shape and form. The ones at Tavistock Square are red. They tend, in common with a lot of fruit trees, to have a rugged bark, and they are one of the biggest of the fruit trees.

Leaf patterns.

plum tree leaves

Other Trees at Tavistock Square

field maple      hawthorn

Tree Identification

Prunus nigra ceracifera:

alternate; veins: alternate; oval, pointed; purple

Plum leaf

like plums in shops, but the tree rarely fruits in London.

Plum flower

a striking pink/white for a short time in spring.

Plum bark bark:
rough, scaly; purple brown.
grows to 10 metres; usually grows at an angle; rounded crown.
general: very common in suburbs, and in gardens but rare in central London

Tavistock square Map

Opposite the west entrance, beside the path
leading to the centre of the square.

Trees of London        A James Wilkinson Publication ©