Prunus (Ornamental Cherry)

PRUNUS

Common name: Ornamental cherry

Family: Rosaceae

Many Prunus are trees that make a fine springtime show, but there are also many valuable shrubby forms for the garden.

 

Popular species and varieties

prunus (ornamental cherry)One that seldom fails to attract attention is Prunus tenella ‘Fire Hill’ (AGM), a deciduous shrub growing to around 1.2m (4ft), and which covers its stems with rose-red blooms in late winter and early spring.

Originating in the USA, the deciduous Prunus x cistena (AGM) is often used for hedging and grows to around 2.4m (7ft) in height. In early spring white flowers and deep red foliage are produced. Widely known as the dwarf crimson cherry or the cherry plum, Prunus cerasifera can be used for taller hedging, although it will eventually grow into a small tree. It is deciduous and flowers in early spring. One of the most attractive is Prunus cerasifera ‘Pissardii’, with white flowers that are followed by deep purple leaves.

 

Cultivation

Soil type Most well-drained soils are suitable.

Planting Choose a sunny spot, and plant in the autumn or spring.

Maintenance No regular pruning is required, but damaged or unwanted shoots should be removed in late summer.

Propagation With Prunus tenella, take heel cuttings in late spring. Hardwood cuttings can be taken of Prunus cerasifera in late autumn; root them in a nursery bed.

Pests and diseases These shrubs can be affected by several fungal diseases.

18. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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