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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
Toxic - Category CHarmful if eaten(People & Pets)
Buy Varieties of PRUNUS
(Candy Floss) - fragrant huge pink semi-double flowers turning light pink and white
very fragrant large white double flowers turning soft pink with age
(Chocolate Ice) - an umbrella-shaped tree with large semi-double or single white flowers with a pink flush
(Pink Parasol) - double, pale pink flowers on long stems
(Fragrant Cloud) - highly scented semi-double white flowers
red leaves when young then turning dark purple. Pink flowers
red leaves and white flowers in spring. Black edible fruits
masses of small white or pale pink flowers very early in the spring carried on zig zag shoots
(syn. P. incisa 'Omoi-no-yama') - double, pale pink frilled flowers, deepening in colour with age
pure white flowers and green calyces
strongly fragrant single, cup-shaped pink flowers. Pink in bud fading after opening
(syn. 'Omoi-no-wac') - Double white, pink- flushed flowers
dwarf compact habit with flowers which open white and fade to soft pink
suckering shrub with brilliant rose-red flowers. The most attractive of all the dwarf almonds and ideal for growing in a heather bed
popular dwarf almond, branches wreathed with bright double pink flowers
excellent for hedging even in shade
conspicuously white margined leaves which can be flushed with pink in winter
dwarf cherry laurel
long racemes of scented white flowers