Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Originally identified as a seedling of Prunus serrulata Benden at Belguim’s Kalmthout Arboretum in the 1980’s, this tree was purposefully developed for urban planting in confined spaces. Its upright and narrow structure, initially designed for commercial cultivation, maintains a compact canopy within a 3m width, reaching an impressive height of 12m.

During spring, the tree graces the landscape with a profusion of single white blossoms, delicately tinged with pink undertones for an elegant and subtle beauty. The paired flowers create a silky display, resembling a light cloud mingling with the emerging leaves. Notably, these blossoms last longer than most other cherry varieties. The leave unfold in a fresh green hue with a subtle bronze allure, transitioning into striking tones of scarlet orange and golden yellow.

With its distinct paper-fan shape, this tree creates visually striking outlines, especially when planted in single rows. It stands out as one of the finest choices for street planting, offering a compelling alternative to Pyrus chanticleer. Planting a line of these trees along a bustling inner-city high street not only adds aesthetic appeal, but allows for easy pedestrian access. The tight canopy, adjustable up to 3m through simple pruning, ensures minimal maintenance while transforming the surrounding infrastructure with its tall yet gracefully narrow fans. Additionally, these trees contribute to the wellbeing of bees and local fauna, enhancing the overall urban ecosystem.

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Size

Medium

8m high x 3m wide after 25 years

Environment

A fantastic street tree.

Canopy

A narrow columnar-vase form with ascending branches. When allowed, it broadens a little with maturity into an oval rounded canopy, but will always remain within a tight 3m width.

Foliage

Elongated leaves that unfold a fresh green with a subtle bronze allure. Transition to a vibrant healthy green in summer before turning striking tones of scarlet orange and golden yellow in autumn.

Flowers

Single white flowers open in spring. These have subtle shades of pink which are washed at the edges of the petals. The grow in pairs, increasing their visual display of colour.

Resilience

A tough tree that is suitable for most soil types which are free draining, as does not tolerate water logging.

Wildlife

Supports bees and local fauna.

Available As:

Semi-Mature, Multi-stem

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