Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moist, well-drained fertile soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March to April
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A spectacular, deciduous tree, with dark purple, oval leaves. Masses of bowl shaped, pale pink / white flowers smother its bare branches in early to mid and are occasionally followed by plum-like red or yellow fruits. A superb superb small tree that is easy to grow and will suit any garden.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Lightly prune in summer to retain the shape and cut back any dead, diseased or branches which cross to healthy wood.
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Q:We have chalky soil and would like to plant a spring flowering cherry. Can you recommend a pink flowering variety which would grow to a reasonable size as we have plenty of space?Asked on 31/5/2016 by Flossie from Oxfordshire
Most prunus tend to do very well in chalky soil so you are in luck! There are some lovely ones about too - here are a couple of my favourites.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/prunus-kanzan/classid.4641/Answered on 16/6/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:Early flowering cherry tree?
One of my neighbours has an early flowering cherry,- it started to flower in early March this year but can be as early as mid February. The flowers, when open, are pale pink, plentiful and fluffy double cherry blossoms. The leaves that follow the flowers are dark purple, and stay dark purple throughout the season and the branches have something purple about them. It is easily the prettiest cherry I have ever seen but noone seems to know what it is. I would be grateful if you could let me know.Asked on 9/4/2010 by Helene Chapman
A:Hello There, There are thousands of different types of ornamental cherries, so I'm afraid we can only stock a few of our own favourites. Because of the huge range within the group, it is going to be difficult to pinpoint which one is growing in your neighbours garden, but we do have a couple of purple leaved plums - just click on the following link to go straight to them. Prunus cerasifera 'Pissardii' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/bigger-trees/prunus-cerasifera-pissardii/classid.7988/ Prunus cerasifera Nigra http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/bigger-trees/prunus-cerasifera-nigra/classid.4625/ I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:How do I plant my Cherry blossom tree?
Hi, What is the depth of hole I should dig for the Cherry tree 10L pot please? What type of compost should I use? Should I plant the pot the plant comes in as well or remove it before planting? How often should I be watering this tree if I plant it within the next two weeks? i.e. Ever other day for two weeks, etc. Regards, ScottAsked on 30/6/2009 by Scott Gilmour
A:Hello Scott, You should dig a hole twice as wide and deep as the existing rootball of the plant. You should then dig in lots of composted organic matter (or John Innes No 3 compost) and backfill until the plant will sit (without its pot) at the same soil level as it had in the pot. You can then gently backfill the sides around the rootball and firm it down without compacting it. As for watering, this will depend on a number of factors, but to be sure all you need to do is keep an eye on it and water it when the surrounding soil feels dry. We do have an article on how to plant on our site which you may find useful - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/features/_/artcat.114/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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