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Prunus serrula has polished mahogany coloured bark, which peels away in bands with age. It's a great choice for adding a touch of drama in winter, and is valuablefor the rest of the year too. In spring, it bears bowl-shaped white flowers just before the leaves emerge, which are followed by small cherries in summer. In autumn, its green leaves turn yellow before they fall.
For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Incorporate plenty of oganic matter such as well-rotted manure in the planting hole when planting. Cut back any dead, diseased or branches in summer.
Plant type: Deciduous tree
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Colourful bark, Flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Are the fruits edible or ornamental?
Fruits definitely ornamental... in fact they are so small that I am not sure if I have ever noticed them. You grow this tree for the bark... the Sheraton tree, says it all.
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