The Cherry plum tree (species name: Prunus cerasifera) is a small tree in the plum family native to Europe and Asia. It is also planted outside of its native range as an ornamental tree that is prized for its brightly colored blossoms in spring and its purple-reddish leaves. The fruit is a 2-3cm drupe that it edible.
The size and color of the "cherry plums" makes them easily confusable with cherries (thus the name). The dark leaf color is a very good clue however to indicate that it is not a cherry tree. A close examination of the drupe will also set it apart from the shape of a cherry.
The Cherry plum is one of those trees that is highly ornamental in both its spring flowering period and its spring to fall period.
I happened across one of these in bloom recently and observed several Monk parakeets feasting on the flower bulbs. (Image below)
The leaves of the Cherry plum are alternate on the branch. They have a simple ovate shape and a crenate margin (rounded teeth). One of the distinctive´s of this tree species is the color of its leaves that range from a dark purple-green to a purple-red color.
The image below shows the bark on both young (lower) and mature (upper) trees.