I was so pleased to learn this week that the government is to fund the planting of 12m extra trees in England by 2022 - the equivalents of 18 Sherwood Forests.…
You should plant in moist, well-drained soil in full sun, remember to protection from strong winds. Propagation is from grafting or from seeds.
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).