Celebrating Ornamental Prunus | Botanic Home & Garden Centre Cork & Wexford

Celebrating Ornamental Prunus

Prunus in blossom

Prunus are gorgeous deciduous or evergreen shrubs or trees of many differing varieties which have pretty, delicate blossoms in Spring and have good Autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in Autumn. Many form upright and bushy shrubs, and so are good for hedging. Prunus encompass a wide variety of plants, including cherry, cherry laurel, plum, peach, almond, apricot and sloes. We are championing the ornamental Prunus (cherry) blossom trees this month. These are grown as specimen trees to show off their gorgeous blossoms in Spring. We have beautiful specimen varieties in Botanic Home & Garden Centre now at great prices, and they really are looking stunning.

How to Grow
Ornamental Prunus trees are relatively small, with light airy branches casting little shade, and so are good for small gardens. Prunus are quite hardy plants, requiring little attention, but will benefit from pruning in late winter to improve shape and remove dead branches, prior to new growth appearing. Prunus will additionally benefit from the application of a slow-release fertiliser in Spring.

Varieties to Try
Prunus x-cistena – gorgeous pale pink flowers, and purple leaves
Prunus incamp ‘okame’ – pale pink flowers with leaves turning orange and red in Autumn
Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis rosea – delicate pale pink flowers in late Winter to early Spring, leaves turning orange in Autumn
Prunus niponica Brilliant – Very hardy, clusters of white flowers
Prunus serrulate Kanzan – large clusters of double-pink flowers
Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura – large, double rich-pink flowers
Prunus Royal burgundy – purple/red leaved cherry with pink flowers

Planting Scheme
Ornamental Prunus look stunning in early to late Spring when the blossoms are out. Aim to complement the blossom colours by planting Spring bulbs underneath the canopy.

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