Prunus domestica

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaePrunusPrunus domestica

Ecology

A shrub or tree, naturalised in hedges, wood-borders, scrub and waste places. Lowland.

Status

Archaeophyte

World Distribution

Apparently derived from hybrids of P. cerasifera and P. spinosa; such hybrids occur in the Caucasus but P. domestica has been much modified in cultivation.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 928

Height (cm): 800

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Mega-, meso- and microphanerophyte

Woodiness

Woody

Clonality - primary

Clones formed by suckering from roots

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1656

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 406

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 8

Atlas Change Index: 2.19

Weighted Changed Factor: 40

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

16

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003413