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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

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

Also known as gean and the parent of the sweet cherry, this makes a very large tree eventually with broad spreading branches. It is shapely at all times, however, growing with a straight upright main stem at the centre of a neatly conical open shape, and a trunk which is chestnut brown, silvery and peeling with age. The double form 'Plena' ('Multiplex', 'Grandiflora') is even more beautiful than the type when its branches are decked out with dense rows of fully double, brilliant white flowers for much of May. In autumn the foliage turns vivid yellow, orange and red. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1200cm

Spread: 1200cm

Flowering period: May to May


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