Prunus x blireana

Flowering Plum, Double-pink Plum, Purple-leafed Plum

A great spring blossom specimen, this small tree rewards with a dramatic spring show of fragrant double-pink flowers and pleasing autumn colour.

Features: Stunning double-pink spring flowers. Bronze autumn foliage.
Applications: Specimen tree in small gardens and landscapes. Avenue plantings where suitable.
Description Derived from the Japanese apricot and purple-leaved plum, this is a stunning addition to a garden as a specimen tree, or used to great effect in avenue plantings. Cherries are often seen growing as lawn specimens, but they can be planted in borders or small groves. Consider with companion plantings of azaleas and rhododendrons. It is a robust tree in suitable sites, adaptable to a range of conditions, but preferring moist, well drained fertile soils and a location with good light and sheltered from strong winds. Autumn colour is bronzy-purple.
Availability: Torbay, Champion Lakes : 100L
Mature height: 4-5
Mature spread: 4-5
Canopy: Rounded or vase-like, spreading with age
Growth rate: Fast when young
Cautions: Remove any understock suckers. Avoid strong wind. Prune to avoid interior branches making inadvertant contact to diminish risk of borer attack. Ornamental, not fruit-bearing.
Tolerances: Frost tolerant
Sun demands: Full to part sun
Soil demands: Prefers moderately fertile soils - acid to alkaline.
Water demands: Moderate
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous
Family: Rosaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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