Prunus 'The Bride'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: tolerates most soils
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The flowers of this small, rounded tree are exquisite, and create a wonderful display in mid-spring. Larger than many of the other ornamental cherries, they have pure white petals, which surround a contrasting cluster of distinctive red anthers. The dense, twiggy crown of this small tree has been grafted on to the upright stem of the rootstock at a height of 45cm, which will limit the eventual height. Ideal for growing in a container, or will make a fine specimen for a lawn or spring border where it can be underplaned with bulbs. In autumn, the normally green leaves turn rich autumn shades before they drop.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Prune in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker. Cut back any dead, diseased or branches which cross to healthy wood.
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Q:Hi- How tall is the tree on purchase of the 11.5l pot?Asked on 4/3/2017 by isha
This plant has been top-grafted onto a 45cm stem, so is currently around 50-60cm in height.Answered on 6/3/2017 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hello. What time of year is to plant this item outside in eithrr the ground or in a pot? ThanksAsked on 13/12/2014 by beginnerplanter
Container grown plants can be planted at any time as long as the ground isn't frozen. This tree is fully hardy so as long as the soil isn't freezing it can be planted out now. Alternatively, it can stay in the pot and left outside in the garden, in a sheltered position so it doesn't get blown over, and then planted in the spring. Hope this helps.Answered on 15/12/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Is it ok to grow this plant in a pot? If so, how big should it (the pot that is) be, and would it be ok to use normal John Innes potting compost? Should I feed it, and how can I keep it to a small enough size - eg through pruning, root ball etc?
And does it have good autumn colour?
Finally, I understand it is very popular with bees - is this correct?Asked on 8/2/2013 by Louise from London
This little tree is ideal for large pot, provided it is kept well fed and watered. It has an eventual height and spread of 4 x 4m, but keeping it in a pot will help restrict its growth. Eventually it will need to be kept in a really large pot (say at least 70 x 70cm), but it can be potted on gradually, moving it up a couple of pot sizes every couple of years, if you prefer.
As for the foliage, it will put on a good show in autumn - and the flowers will attract bees and other pollinators.
I hope this helps,Answered on 11/2/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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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