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Prunus 'Accolade' (Flowering Cherry)

Flowering Cherry 'Accolade', Cherry 'Accolade'


Regarded as one of the most attractive of the early-flowering ornamental cherries, award-winning Prunus 'Accolade' is a small deciduous tree of spreading habit. Opening from dark pink buds, profuse semi-double, shell pink flowers held in drooping clusters appear in early to mid spring. The blooms are quite large, up to 1.5 in. across (4 cm), and they count up to 10-12 petals. Born in abundance along the bare branches, they provide a breathtaking floral display. As the flowers wane, the ovate, dark green leaves emerge and create a fresh summer canopy before warming up to brilliant orange in fall. As the leaves fall, they reveal smooth dark red bark, adding winter interest to the landscape. A graceful, ornamental cherry tree that makes a fine specimen for the lawn.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows vigorously up to 25 ft. tall and wide (7-8 m).
  • Performs best in full sun in moist, relatively fertile, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect choice as single specimen plant, lawns.
  • Prune in midsummer if silver leaf is a problem
  • Watch for caterpillars, leaf-mining moths, bullfinches, silver leaf, bacterial canker and blossom wilt.
  • Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 25' (6m – 7.5m)
Spread 20' – 25' (6m – 7.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 25' (6m – 7.5m)
Spread 20' – 25' (6m – 7.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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