Prunus rufa Prunus

Prunus

Himalayan Cherry

Description: An ornamental, small, round-headed tree similar to Prunus serrula and Prunus himalaica with peeling reddish-brown and amber bark, and rusty hairy young shoots. Small, solitary or paired, hanging flowers are produced with the green leaves in late spring, followed by dark red, oval fruit.

History: Native of the central and eastern Himalaya, and introduced to Kew about 1897.

Prunus Growing Tips: Best grown in well-drained soil, in full sun to achieve the best flower display and autumn colour. Will tolerate most soil types including chalk and clay.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 5m x 4m

Attributes

  • Chalk tolerant
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • M Size: Medium
  • Replacement prune
  • Flowering month: April
  • Attractive bark

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