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Prunus rufa
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Prunus rufa

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

General attributes

Text Green Foliage
Text Bushy

Ornamental attributes

Medium tree size after 10 years Medium tree size after 10 years
Attractive bark Attractive bark
Flowering month - April Flowering month - April
Chalk tolerant Chalk tolerant
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Replacement prune Replacement prune