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Prunus ilicifolia

Holly-leaved cherry

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Features

  • BloomsFebruary to December
  • Height5m to 8m
  • Spread3m to 6m
  • Growth HabitUpright hemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourWhite-pinks

Description

Prunus ilicifolia (Holly-leaved cherry). This is a beautiful evergreen flowering tree. It will require fast draining, well-aerated soil. They are drought tolerant, and resistant to oak root fungus. They will grow well in coastal areas. The flowers are showy and creamy white in the spring, they are followed by long lasting red-purple fruit. The leaves are holly like, about 2 inches long and dark green.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

California

Interest and use

Attracts butterflies

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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.

Propagation

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.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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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