Plant Family / Prunus - Flowering Trees
Prunus is a genus of more than 200 species of trees and shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often attractive fall foliage color. A number of species, hybrids, and cultivars, called 'flowering cherries', are grown as ornamental plants, usually for their profusion of flowers, sometimes for ornamental foliage and shape, and occasionally for their shiny bark. Grow them as specimens, in shrub borders, as screens or hedges and admire their spectacular floral display!
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.
Ideal for small gardens, award-winning Prunus 'Amanogawa' is a small, narrowly columnar deciduous tree boasting profuse, semi-double pale pink flowers hugging closely the erect branches in mid to late spring. Sweetly fragrant, the cherry blossoms stand upright at the side of the branches.
With flowers resembling a ballerina's petticoat, award-winning Prunus 'Ichiyo' is a small deciduous tree of spreading habit, with gracefully ascending main branches. Opening from pink buds, profuse double, shell pink flowers appear in mid to late spring.
Regarded one of the most ornamental of the flowering cherries, Prunus 'Kanzan' is a striking deciduous tree with several seasons of interest. In spring, it produces an amazing profusion of rich pink double flowers, 2.5 in. wide (6 cm), held in pendent clusters.
A favorite of many gardens, Prunus 'Kiku-Shidare-Zakura' is a small deciduous tree with gracefully arching branches, smothered with charming, fully double, rich pink flowers in mid to late spring. The abundant blossoms, 1.5 in. across (3.5 cm), are packed with up to 125 elliptic petals (!)
Perfect for small gardens, Prunus 'Kursar' is a small deciduous tree of spreading habit boasting clusters of vivid, deep-pink saucer-shaped flowers, 1 in. across (2cm), in early spring. Born in profusion along the bare branches, they give a splash of intense color and provide a breathtaking floral display.
One of the most floriferous of flowering cherries, award-winning Prunus 'Pink Perfection' is a small deciduous tree with gracefully ascending branches. In late spring, its boasts a profusion of bright, double pink flowers which hang in drooping clusters from the branches.
A flowering cherry of great beauty, award-winning Prunus 'Shirofugen' is a small deciduous tree of vase-shaped habit with a flattened crown and gorgeous blossoms. Pink in buds, large fragrant double flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), counting up to 25-30 petals, open white with a tinge of pink on the reverse of the outer petals and then change again to deep pink before the shedding of the petals.
Ideal for small gardens, award-winning Prunus 'Shirotae' is a small deciduous tree with a remarkable spreading flat crown and slightly arching branches. In mid to late spring, it gets covered with abundant and beautiful, pure white, semi-double flowers, which are among the the largest of the flowering cherries.
One of the finest Japanese cherries, award-winning Prunus 'Shogetsu' is a broad-spreading small deciduous tree with charming double flowers held in showy, hanging clusters of 3-6 blooms that can be up to 6 in. long! (15 cm). Providing a breathtaking display in late spring to early summer, the pretty blossoms are large, 2 in. across (5 cm).
Regarded as one of the finest weeping cherries, Prunus 'Snow Fountains' is a small deciduous tree of strongly weeping habit with long, gracefully cascading branches kissing the ground. Blooming for about 3 weeks in mid spring, a profusion of fragrant, snow white, single flowers emerge from pink buds and smother the bare branches.
An ancient Japanese tree, award-winning Prunus 'Tai-Haku' is a medium-sized deciduous tree of broad spreading habit, with cherry blossoms of exceptional size and beauty. Opening from pink buds, remarkably large, single, pure white flowers, 2-2.5 in. across (5-6 cm), appear all along the branches in mid to late spring.
Award-winning Prunus 'The Bride' is a small, rounded, deciduous tree boasting pure white, single flowers adorned with bright red anthers in early to mid spring. Opening from pink buds, the flat, open blooms are quite appealing with their large petals. Born in abundance along the bare branches, they provide a breathtaking floral display.
Prunus 'Umineko' is a small, upright deciduous tree boasting profuse, single, pure white flowers, 1.5 in. across (4 cm), hugging closely the branches in mid spring. The flowers have large petals and showy pink stamens which become more conspicuous as the flowers age.
Cultivated for over 200 years, award-winning Prunus avium 'Plena' (Wild Cherry) is a spreading medium-sized deciduous tree boasting profuse, brilliant white double flowers, packed with up to 30 petals, and hanging from the branches in pendulous clusters in mid or late spring.
A very popular ornamental landscape tree, Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius' (Cherry Plum) is a medium-sized, round-headed deciduous tree with a striking presence in the landscape, whether in bloom or not. This plum tree boasts some of the darkest purple leaves and twigs.
A very popular ornamental landscape tree, Prunus cerasifera 'Newport' (Cherry Plum) is a medium-sized, round-headed deciduous tree with a striking presence in the landscape, whether in bloom or not. This plum tree boasts some of the darkest purple leaves and twigs.
Adding drama to the garden, Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' (Black Cherry Plum) is a medium-sized, round-headed deciduous tree with a striking presence in the landscape, whether in bloom or not. This plum tree boasts some of the darkest purple leaves and twigs.
A very popular ornamental landscape tree, Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' (Cherry Plum) is a medium-sized, upright-spreading deciduous tree with a striking presence in the landscape, whether in bloom or not. This plum tree boasts some of the darkest purple leaves and twigs.
A charming dwarf flowering cherry, award-winning Prunus incisa 'Kojo-No-Mai' is a slow-growing, compact deciduous shrub with wonderful zig-zag branches boasting small but profuse, single flowers in early spring. Opening from crimson buds, the delicate pale pink, paper-thin blossoms fade to blush white as they mature.
Prunus laurocerasus (English Laurel) is a vigorous, broad, spreading evergreen shrub with dense, erect branches clothed in handsome, lustrous, dark green leaves (6 in. long or 15 cm). Rich of a strong plum fragrance, a profusion of tiny, creamy-white flowers held in upright racemes, 5 in. long (12 cm), are on display in mid-late summer.
Native to the Iberian Peninsula, Prunus lusitanica (Portugal Laurel) is a beautiful, large evergreen shrub or small tree with dark brown bark, glossy dark green, leathery leaves (5 in. long or 12 cm), and stems of a lovely deep rhubarb color. It is decorated in late spring or early summer with a profusion of pretty racemes of fragrant, tiny white flowers
With some of the deepest pink flowers of the weeping cherries, Prunus pendula 'Pendula Plena Rosea' is a very pretty deciduous tree forming a broad crown of long, gracefully weeping branches. Deep, dark pink in buds, the small, double flowers open almost flat in paler pink shades. Blooming in great abundance in mid spring before the leaves emerge, they boast a red calyx and 10-20 delicately twisted petals.