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Prunus spinosa var. purpurea

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A rare, purple leafed form of our native blackthorn, Prunus spinosa 'Purpurea' has masses of pretty spring flowers and leaves which are a attractive bronze/purple-green colour. In spring these colourful leaves make an excellent backdrop for masses of pretty, small, pale pinkish-white flowers.

Prunus spinosa 'Purpurea' is a reliable and attractive small garden tree.

Supplied Size: 2L deep containers (30 - 50 cm tall, young plants only)

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Prunus spinosa var. purpurea | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Prunus spinosa var. purpurea | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Prunus spinosa var. purpurea | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
2 litres
£25.00

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Any fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: April.
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Prunus spinosa 'Purpurea' grows to be a large, densely branching shrub or very small tree with a somewhat upright habit.
Height: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 4 m (13 ft)

Notes: Prunus are known for their vigorous root systems and should not be planted over drains or close to house foundations. We have a specimen of Prunus spinosa 'Purpurea', planted in the woodland garden surrounding our nursery. At 12 years old, it had reached a height of 4 m and a spread of 3 m.

Plant Finder: about Prunus spinosa var. purpurea

Common names

Blackthorn, Sloe

Description

Prunus spinosa var. purpurea (Blackthorn). A deciduous, dense, spiny shrub or tree, producing ovate, bright red leaves when young, becoming dark red-purple. Disc-shaped, pale pink flowers appear in early spring to mid spring, succeeded by bluish-black fruit.

Cultivation

You should plant in moist, well-drained soil in full sun, remember to protection from strong winds. Propagation is from grafting or from seeds.

Interest and use

Banks, hedging, specimen, medicinal, woodland Suitable for coastal conditions.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Prunus spinosa var. purpurea | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Boggy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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