Prunus padus 'Albertii'
Description: A very prolific flowering form of the ‘Bird Cherry’ with a compact, upright shape. The leaves are narrow, pointed ovals with a serrated edging, emerging mid-green, then turning yellow and red before falling in the winter months. Racemes of white flowers freely produced in late April and May, after the leaves have emerged. The brown-grey branches smell of bitter almonds when damaged.
History: Introduced to Kew from the Vilmorin collection in 1902.
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 clay.
Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 2m