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Prunus avium 'Plena'

Wild cherry

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

White

Feature

Autumn colour, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

The big advantage of growing 'Plena', and not its much bigger species parent, is that it has double white flowers, and makes a fantastic show in May when it's in full bloom. Give it a prominent position, in the middle of a lawn (but note it will eventually get very big) where it can be clearly seen. There's another good show in the autumn when the dark green leaves colour up before falling. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Species: avium

Cultivar: Plena

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1200cm

Spread: 1200cm

Time to prune: October to March

Time to plant: October to March


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