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Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rosea'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Orange and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

drooping rosebud 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

'Pendula Rosea' is a small deciduous tree forming a broad crown of arching-pendulous branches, with ovate leaves which turn orange and red in autumn. Small, single flowers open pale pink from deep rosy-pink buds

Synonym(s)

  • Prunus × subhirtella 'Pendula' misapplied
  • Prunus × subhirtella 'Pendula Rosea'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in any moist but well-drained soil. Makes an excellent specimen tree

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, caterpillars and bullfinches

Diseases

May be subject to silver leaf, honey fungus, blossom wilt and Taphrina wiesneri (causes witches broom)