A beautiful, naturally bushy hedging plant which responds well to pruning. Produces a mass of brilliant white flowers in late spring, followed by small deep red edible fruits in autumn.
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- Flower Colour: white
- Foliage Colour: green, occasionally tinged purple.
- Approx. Growth Height: 8-12m (26ft-40ft)
- Flowering Period: March-April
- Tolerance: drought tolerant, shade tolerant, pollution tolerant
- Growing Habit: spreading
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Exposure: sheltered, exposed
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Final Size if Untrimmed: large shrub or small tree
- Wildlife: Attracts bees and other insects. Edible, deep red fruits attract birds.
- Arrives bare-root at a height of 45-60cm (1'6"-2ft)
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
- Soil Requirements: all soil types
- Moisture: well drained, moist but well drained
- Planting Distance: 60cm (2ft)
Cherry Plum hedging will grow in almost all well-drained soil and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade.
Cherry Plum can be planted from November to March, when the hedge is dormant. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.
Caring and Maintenance
Should be pruned in winter, just after planting, and for two years after that. On planting, cut back leading shoots and side shoots by one-third, cutting to a well placed bud. Repeat this in the second winter to prevent straggly growth and thicken up the hedge base. Then trim every June after that.
Can be maintained at over 180cm (6ft).