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Plena

Prunus avium Plena blossom

Plena is a form of the native English wild cherry or "Gean" which has been grown for hundreds of years. The main difference is that whilst the regular Prunus avium has single flowers, Plena has double flowers. It is sometimes known as the double "Gean" for this reason.

The blossom is pure white and borne in great profusion. The young leaves start out a light coppery colour, soon becoming green as the blossom fades, and then crimson and yellow in the autumn.

The tree is naturally vigorous, and grows with a strong upright form.

Prunus avium

Plena flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £24.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £45.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

Plena characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAttractive tree / plant
    • Growth habit:Upright
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flowering season:Late
    • Flowering month:May
    • Flower form:Double flower (25-50 petals)
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Yellow / Crimson
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Fruit colour:Red - dark
    • Pruning:Light prune
    • Growth rate:Fast
  • Identification

    • Fruit size:Very small
    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:RHS perfect for pollinatorsAttractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Prunus avium
    Prunus avium
    Prunus avium
    The native "Gean" or "Mazzard" cherry, makes an attractive woodland tree.
  • See also Schmittii
    Prunus avium x Prunus canascens
    Schmittii
    A flowering cherry which is useful for public spaces on account of its conical form and attractive bark.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Prunus Avium Plena tree

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.