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Commonly known as Portugal laurel
The family of stone fruits, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, and almonds, and a dazzling array of ornamentals, all within the greater rose family. In Japan sakura zensen (the cherry blossom front) is followed northwards and is a cause of much celebration.
Because cherry flowers bloom en masse and because of their ephemeral nature they can provide one of the best horticultural events of the year when even a modest tree can provide a snowstorm of petals, falling to cover the ground beneath.
Genus of more than 200 species of deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs widely distributed in northern temperate regions and the mountains of southeastern Asia. Because of their food and ornamental value they have been transported to most parts of the world where some have become naturalised.
UK natives are P. avium, wild cherry, P. padus, bird cherry and P spinosa, blackthorn or sloe.
EvergreenLeaves narrowly margined with white
FruitPlants which produce an edible or ornamental fruitCherry-like red fruit
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesAphids, caterpillars, peach leaf curl, silver leaf, honey fungus, blossom wilt.Place of originSouth west Europe
Leaf Colour (if not green)Silver variegated
Buy Varieties of PRUNUS
tight columnar habit and dense clusters of semi-double pale pink flowers
spreading wild cherry tree
double white flowered form
deep pink flowers with yellow stamens
small columnar tree with pink flowers in spring
conical habit with soft pink flowers in early spring
(incisa x campanulata) - Plentiful carmine-pink flowers
the most floriferous of the double pink cherries with vigorous and quick growing habit
deep pink double flowering cherry with weeping habit
new growth coppery. Single pink flowers. Small tree with spreading habit
shining amber or golden-brown peeling bark and small white flowers followed by black fruits
one of the most attractive of all the cherries. Bright rosy pink buds opening paler pink, double
deep purple young foliage turning bronze in autumn. Double rose-pink flowers
rusty and hairy new shoots and clusters of pale pink flowers. The best aspect of this species is its peeling reddish-brown bark
pale pink flowers with bronze red young foliage, brilliant autumn colours
beautiful polished mahogany coloured stems
('Shogetsu') - wide spreading branches and a flattened top to this attractive tree. Flowers are pink tinted in bud opening pure white all along the branches
pink in bud, changing to blush white, double
(Mount Fuji) - large single or semi-double fragrant white flowers
clear pink flowers and excellent autumn colour. Fastigiate habit
white flowers, in flushes, between autumn and spring
pink flowering 'Autumn Cherry'
large single white flowers
semi-double, pale greenish white flowers
(Spring Snow) - red ball-like buds opening to double white with a hint of pink
a vase-shaped tree with 34-36 petals in each double pink flower
bronze new leaves and cream or green double flowers
pink buds opening semi-double white, highly scented
large single or semi-double white flowers with a hint of pink
(Pink Champagne) - pale pink double flowers with a leaf-like carpel in the centre of the flowers. Orange-red autumn colour