• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Prunus sargentii

Sargent's cherry

Sargent's cherry

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  • Other common names Sargent's cherry

  • Genus Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

  • Family Rosaceae / Rosaceae

  • Species P. sargentii is a small, deciduous tree with a spreading or rounded crown. Ovate leaves are bronze when young, turning bright orange and red in autumn. Single rosy-pink flowers 4cm in width

  • Plant range Japan, Korea

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Spreading _ Branched#Spreading / Branched

  • Toxicity

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Clay, Chalk

  • pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height

    Higher than 12 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    wider than 8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile soil in full sun

Propagation Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1. Prune in mid-summer if silver leaf is a problem

Pests May get caterpillars, leaf-mining moths and bullfinches

Diseases May be affected by silver leaf, bacterial canker and blossom wilt

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