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.
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.