Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Prunus x schmittii, commonly known as Schmitts Cherry, is a beautiful deciduous tree that is a result of crossing Prunus canescens and Prunus avium. It was bred in 1923 and was named after Dr. Richard Schmitt, an American horticulturist who played a significant role in developing and popularising this particular cultivar.

During spring, Schmitts Cherry displays a captivating floral spectacle with its profusion of delicate, fragrant blossoms. Its leaves, elliptical and elongated in shape are a dark green in summer before melting into mellow buttered popcorn shades of yellow in autumn.  Once the leaves have dropped, the tree will display perhaps its most striking feature; its bark. With its remarkable mahogany glow, the Prunus x schmittiis bark shines with vitality. Its lenticles swipe horizontally adding texture to the tree and creating an all-season prominent feature.

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Size

Small/Medium

7m high x 3m wide after 25 years

Environment

Suitable for parks, street planting and other urban areas. Ideal for projects that have confined spaces.

Canopy

Almost conical, slender and upright. Crown is narrow and branches are ascending. Relatively fast growing.

Foliage

Elliptical elongated leaves are pointed and around 5-8cm long. Green in summer melting into mellow buttered popcorn shades of yellow.

Bark

A beautiful mahogany colour with horizontal lenticles.

Flowers

Non-showy pale pink blossom.

Resilience

Will thrive in moist but well-drained soils. Tolerant to clay, chalk, loam and sand. Prefers full sun.

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