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Prunus genus (Cherry). This is a large genus; there are many shrubby species but most are trees. Many species are deciduous and will bloom in the spring; they produce scented 5-petalled, pink or white flowers. The leaves are simple with serrated edges.
Deciduous or Semi-evergreens, Fragrants
They are grown mainly for their single, 5 petalled, to double flowers and autumn colour. Suitable for coastal conditions.
You should plant in moist, well-drained soil in full sun, remember to protection from strong winds. Trim deciduous hedges after flowering, evergreen ones in early or mid-spring.
You can propagate the deciduous species by seeds in the autumn. Propagate deciduous hybrids by softwood cuttings in summer. Increase evergreens by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Bullfinches may eat flower buds and foliage may be attacked by aphids, caterpillars and the fungal disease silver leaf. Flowering cherries are prone to a fungus that causes abnormal crowded shoots (sometimes called witches' brooms).
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