Shade and Ornamental Trees: Prunus (Ornamental Flowering Cherry or Plum)

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Prunus subhirtella 'Double Weeping Higan'

Double Weeping Higan Cherry (aka P. subhirtella 'Pendula Plena Rosea' or P. subhirtella 'Yae-Shidare-Higan') has weeping, twiggy, slender whip-like branches, usually grafted about 1.5-1.75m/5-6 ft to an understock. Flowers double (20-25 petals), pink and quite floriferous and long lasting.

Prunus incisa Little Twist

Little Twist Japanese Flowering Cherry is a Carlton Plants introduction with zigzagging branches showing off a profusion of white bell-shaped flowers with a pinkish centre in early spring,. As the foliage flushes out, the flowers age and they become pink and the centre of the flower darkens as well. Fall turns leaves a rich maroon. Little Twist is a perfect tree for patio and small gardens. Grafted on 1.0-1.2m standard.

Prunus lapin

The lapins cherry tree is a self fertile cherry tree, meaning that a second cherry tree for pollonization is not needed. The Prunus lapin produces dark red firm fruit with a deliciously rich flavour. It is also cold hardy ad resistant to splitting.

Prunus pissardii 'Nigra'

Flowering Plum with a broad semi-dense crown with fine branching. Leaves dark purple with small single, delicate, mildly fragrant flowers.

Prunus padus 'Sweetheart'

The Sweetheart Mayday has an upright uniform shape. Pink blooms in spring precede the emergence of tiny black ornamental berries, paired with contrasting red-purple foliage.

Prunus 'Snow Fountains'

Snow Fountains (aka Prunus x 'Snofozam') is a small Weeping Higan Cherry with a finely branched shape and cascading form. An absolutely stunning "fountain of snow" when covered with white blossoms in the spring on branches that will touch the ground. Can be pruned to change shape and character, often taller than wide.

Prunus serrulata 'Shirotae'

Mount Fuji Cherry has horizontal branches that can be slightly pendulous. Pink buds open to large, fragrant, semi-double, white flowers (5cm diam). An early spring bloomer. Foliage is pale green with a bronze tint as the leaves emerge. Gray-brown bark has prominent lenticels.

Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'

Sekiyama or Hisakura Cherry has a rapid growing, upright, vase-shaped habit. Dark green foliage in summer turning orange-red in autumn. Its bronzy-red new foliage and profusion of deep-pink double flowers (to 5cm wide) make it one of the most popular and showiest flowering cherries. Blooms in April.

Prunus sargentii 'Rancho'

Rancho Sargent Cherry is an introduction by Ed Scanlon and considered narrower than Columnaris although there is a good chance both are the same! Rich pink single flower cluster appear in abundance in spring before the leaves. New leaves are tinted reddish as they emerge before turning a shiny dark green, changing to blend of fall colour quite unusual for a cherry! Attractive mahogany polished bark with horizontal lenticel markings.

Prunus x 'Snowgoose'

Snowgoose is a cross between P.incisa x P. speciosa. More pest resistant than P. serrulata. Some of Specimen Trees' Snowgoose cherries have been grafted on Prunus serrula 'Tibetica', an outstanding paperbark cherry, combining its mahogany papery bark with the compact pure white flowering assets of Snowgoose!

Prunus serrulata 'Shirofugen'

White Goddess Cherry is a vigorous growing, wide spreading tree. Young leaves are copper coloured. Pink buds open to (semi) double (30 petals), long-stalked white flowers and fade to pink. A favourite cherry!

Prunus virginiana 'Bailey's Select'

Bailey's Select Chokecherry has foliage that emerges green before it turns to purple when the weather warms. Fall colour is red to reddish purple. Small white flowers appear in clusters followed by small black fruit which is greatly appreciated by wildlife.

Prunus virginiana 'Schubert'

Schubert Choke Cherry is a beautiful tree, known for its beautiful foliage. The large leaves emerge green and gradually darken as they mature, turning burgundy by summer. White "bottle-brush" flowers in spring followed by reddish, maturing to dark purple, almost black berries. The fruit is edible, but astringent (hence the common name) and great for making jams and jellies. Also favoured by wildlife.

Prunus x yedoensis 'Akebono'

Daybreak Cherry's spreading branches create a layered appearance. Profuse, single light pink flowers appear before light green leaves, and fade to white.

Prunus x yedoensis 'Yoshino'

Yoshino Cherry is a rounded, spreading tree (a cross of either P.serrulata x P. subhirtella or P.speciosa x P. subhirtella). A beautiful tree with early season, single, light pink or white blossoms appearing in racemes of 4 or more with a faint fragrance likened to that of almonds. Usually flowers before the leaves are out in March.