Prunus, is the Latin name of the wild plum, cerasifera refers to small plums, like cherries, this plant has.
The nickname pissardii is performed in honor of the imperial gardener of the Shah of Persia, monsieur Pissard, who in the late nineteenth century stabilized a mutation that occurred in a plum grown in the palace of Tabriz, north of the country, which was in a reddish-purpurea coloration in its leaves.
In 1880, after observing that the quality kept the original cuttings, M. Pissard sent samples of the new variety to one of his colleagues in France, Mr. Paillet, from where its cultivation by the planet quickly spread. This acceptance is precisely because of the reddish color of its leaves, which provides contrast to common green vegetation, but also to its early and profuse pink bloom. In the Alcázar plums appear alongside other trees from the East at that small forest planetarium and scenic that is the English Garden. Interestingly, it is not the only story of this publication relating the Alcazar garden with the Shah of Persia, since in the entry related to the Washintoniana robusta there is another.