Prunus avium Plena

Prunus avium Plena blossom
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Flower form: Double flower (25-50 petals)
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright

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.

Plena trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 8th January - you can always request a Christmas gift certificate to give on the day.

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Plena tree - bare root
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£24.95
2-year Plena tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£45.95

Prices include VAT if applicable.


What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Prunus Avium Plena tree


We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

Plena characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive tree / plant
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Useful for: Street / amenity
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flowering season: Late
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Double flower (25-50 petals)
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Light copper
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow / Crimson
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark
  • Fruit size: Very small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Using

  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators Attractive 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.

How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We have a very wide range of flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.