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Commonly known as Date plum
Deciduous - lance-shaped, elliptic or oval glossy, dark-green leaves to 12cm (5in) long.
Height - 10m (33ft)
Spread - 6m (20ft)
Tree - spreading tree.
Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Full sun - shelter from cold drying winds.
Additional Features - Good to know - - male and female flowers are produced, usually, on separate plants
Pests & Diseases - under glass, mealy bugs, scale and leaf rollers.
Place of origin - southwestern Asia to China.
Flower Shape - Bell/Lantern - - tiny, bell-shaped flowers
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
Pruning group - Pruning group 1
Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Seasonal Interest - Summer -
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - loamy.
Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly spreading -
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