Cherries - Part 2
garden, no matter how small, should have at
least one flowering cherry tree. They are deciduous,
many of them with foliage that colours beautifully
in autumn before falling. They mostly flower
in spring with a few that produce their blossom
during mild periods in late autumn and throughout
Check on the ultimate height and spread of the
variety as some will, within a decade become
Where they are sited close to a lawn or hard
surface area such as a patio or tarmac drive
their roots will cause serious problems. The
bigger roots stay close to the surface gradually
thickening to cause raised areas on the lawn
and a trip hazard where they damage the tiles
or other surface.
Trees are available as bush, half standards
and full standards where 5-6 ft of the trunk
is straight without branches.
Larger trees are expensive but give a new garden
an air of maturity. They will need to be supported
with a wooden stake and tie until the roots
have spread out into the surrounding soil.
Plant at the same depth as previously grown
and add some well rotted farmyard manure to
the base of the planting pit.
Firm the soil to exclude air pockets and dish
the surface to collect and retain rainwater
in the root zone.
Cherries have more that their share of pests
and diseases including black fly, shot hole,
bacterial canker and silver leaf disease.
The black fly will attack the young, soft tips
of shoots tightly curling the leaves. It does
no lasting damage but the affected curling leaves
may be picked off and burnt.
most trees are pruned in winter cherries are
best left until July when the spores of diseases
such as silver leaf are dormant.
Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ produces
pale red flowers in spring and grows to 7-8
ft on height.
the other end of the scale Prunus ‘Kanzan’
has double, deep, dusky pink flowers in late
spring. The unfurling leaves are bronze turning
bright green. Its eventual height and spread
is 30-35 ft.
Prunus sargentii has brilliant orange-red autumn
leaf colour with pale pink flowers in mid-spring.
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