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Prunus padus 'Colorata'

Purple-leaved bird cherry

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (183785)

Plant details

A change from the traditonal blousy cherry, the purple-leaved bird cherry is a more unusual choice for the large garden. Dark purple shoots appear in spring followed by coppery-purple foliage that gradually fades to green with age. The dark foliage is the perfect foil for the delicate pale-pink flowers, which are held in elongated clusters. These are followed later in the year by black fruits which birds adore. The bird cherry will grow on most neutral to alkaline (limy) soils and is particularly good for chalky soils.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Species: padus

Cultivar: Colorata

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green, Bronze

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 900cm

Spread: 800cm


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