Prunus x ‘Hally Jolivette’

Ain’t Spring Grand?

Don’t you just melt when the Cherry trees bloom? Here are two small stature spring bloomers in the Prunus family that you may not be familiar with.

This is Prunus ‘Hally Joviette’, a pretty cherry to use in a small space. It is a profusely dense flowering tree that can even be placed in a planter or is well suited as a specimen in residential landscaping. It reaches about 15 feet high and 15 feet wide. The tree has a full, rounded crown.

The one inch diameter flowers start out as pink and open to a double white over a 14 day bloom period. The green leaves turn yellow in fall.

The tree is a cross between Prunus subhirtella and Prunus x yedoensis and is relatively pest free for a cherry. What you will rave about besides the gorgeous spring display is the bark of the tree.

Prunus cerasifera ‘Mt. St. Helens’

This is a pretty Prunus that is another relatively small tree at 20 feet high and 20 feet wide. It also has a rounded crown with purple leaves and single white blooms.  It is a faster growing plum than Newport with a stronger, sturdier trunk and takes weather extremes rather well to zone 3. Prunus cerasifera may begin to decline after 10 to 15 years, making it a short-lived tree.

Several pests, including borers, scale insects, tent caterpillars, cankers and leaf spots are common to the genus Prunus.  In general, Prunus are prone to a number of disease and insect problems but the two I have shown, much less so.

Both trees shown here have little to no fruit production. Both look lovely in Japanese gardens. Add a little pop and punch to your Spring garden with Prunus.


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12 Responses to Prunus x ‘Hally Jolivette’

  1. Sprig says:

    Hi GT,

    I was in Niagara and Mississauga this time last year. We went jogging and cycling and I’m sure I would have seen these…? They look familiar.

  2. GORGEOUS! I love the bark on the Hally Joviette! And I like how the center of the bloom on the Mt. St. Helens picks up the color of the leaves. It is pretty to see the blooms and leaves out at the same time. My cherry trees bloom and then leaf out.

  3. I have wanted to plant a ‘Hally Jolivette’ since I first learned about it at Longwood almost 20 years ago. Your post has made me want it even more. I love the combination of the dark purple leaves and pink flowers on the other Prunus.

  4. Holley says:

    I love cherry trees, and especially the bark! And, yes, I’ve tried them here, but they don’t like our heat. 😦 They are really beautiful, though. If they grew here, I would have several.

  5. Karen says:

    Donna, I am always on the lookout for smaller stature trees and these look to fit the bill. Beautiful flowers and bark on the cherries, just lovely.

  6. dona says:

    A lovely “sakura”, dear Donna! 🙂

  7. Barbie says:

    Just Love Love the cherry tree!! This is what makes spring so special. The blossom trees! You say they don’t produce so much? Pity that would be the cherry on top!! 🙂

  8. Masha says:

    I love your photography – such beautiful cherry blossoms!

  9. Ramona says:

    I LOVE spring with all its beautiful blooms! The Prunus ‘Hally Joviette’ is especially gorgeous!

  10. The blossoms show so well from far away and very close. Beautiful!

  11. One says:

    Thank you for sharing something beautiful that I can only admire from afar. Lovely shots.

  12. Did not think I was a fan of double blossom until I saw these. 2nd image is stunning. Wish I could pop one in my garden.

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