3 - 4m x 3 - 4m
A short trunked tree with a vase shaped, fastigiate or broad spreading habit. May be grown as standards.
Alternate, oblong / obovate, 100 - 200mm x60 - 100mm, with a long acuminate apex, margin serrate, sometimes biserrate. Some cultivars have reddish new growth, all age to dark green, and turn yellow, orange or scarlet in autumn. The autumn foliage colours are best in cold climates.
Rotate on long drooping pedicels, 40 -50mm across, in weeping clusters on spurs. The best flowering is on one or two year old wood. Broad vase shaped, flowers ruffled, deep pink, white towards the centre. Main flowering mid to late spring.
A black pea sized cherry.
Bark / Trunk:
Smooth pale grey bark with some horizontal ridges of glabrous reddish stripes.
Vigour / Longevity:
Moderately vigorous, long lived.
Full sun with wind protection
Can tolerate frosts to -4 C, less tolerant of hot dry weather than the other Prunus spp., does not grow very well if neglected.
Soil / Drainage:
Best growth on moist, fertile, well drained soils, will tolerate moderately fertile soils but is less vigorous.
Train young trees to form a broad vase shaped tree, once the initial frame work is established little pruning is required. After flowering, thin out the centre of the tree for better air penetration, cutting out old, dead and diseased wood, and any growth
Best growth and flowering on moist soils, provide extra water in dry summers.
Fertilise with a complete fertiliser after flowering.
Pests / Diseases:
Moth borer on old or sick plants, fruit fly if fruits develop.
Flower and foliage colour contrast trees, street trees, spring gardens, avenue trees, small shade tree, standards and tubs.
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