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Prunus sargentii

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Spreading / Branched

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Orange and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Sargent's cherry

Family

Rosaceae


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

P. sargentii is a small, deciduous tree with a spreading or rounded crown. Ovate leaves are bronze when young, turning bright orange and red in autumn. Single rosy-pink flowers 4cm in width

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam, Sand, Clay or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Prune in mid-summer if silver leaf is a problem

Pests

May get caterpillars, leaf-mining moths and bullfinches

Diseases

May be affected by silver leaf, bacterial canker and blossom wilt