Le Thoureil is a good example of the species Prunus padus, and features the characteristic dense white tresses of blossom. It is relatively fast-growing, and has an upright compact form.
A particular attaction of Le Thoureil is that the flowers may be semi-double rather than single. They are also scented.The tree will often bear small sloe-like fruitlets, but these are not edible.
In autumn the leaves take on autumn tints.
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Once the tree is established after 4-5 years it can be pruned to contain the size. Pruning should be carried out after spring flowering.
One of the main issues with Prunus padus is the natural tendency to produce root suckers, but this is rare with Le Thoureul, and as a result these trees can be produced from cuttings rather than being grafted. They should reach a mature height of 3m-4m in the longer term.
The species Prunus padus is commonly known as the Bird Cherry, and is native to the UK and northern Europe.
Le Thoureil was developed in France in the late 20th century.
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