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Le Thoureil

Prunus padus
Le Thoureil is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

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.

Le Thoureil flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £53.00
    In a 7L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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You can pre-order now for delivery from late September 2021 for pot grown trees (or early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.


How to grow

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.

History

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.

Le Thoureil characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive tree / plant
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sunSome shade
  • PruningPrune after flowering
  • Growth rateFast
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flower formSemi-double flower (10-20 petals)
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourBlack
  • Fruit sizeVery small
  • Country of originFrance
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Albertii
    Prunus padus
    Albertii
    Albertii is a compact flowering cherry, with prolific white blossom.


How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We list more than 70 different flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.