Praecox is a good example of the hardy small ornamental cherry species Prunus incisa. It features delicate white flowers on bare branches.
Like many of this species it flowers in the winter, usually January - February, and brings a welcome splash of cheerful blossom at this dull time of the year.
In autumn the leaves take on red and orange hues.
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You can prune to maintain the shape - after the flowers have finished. Praecox grows slowly, with a spreading habit as it ages.
This is a very hardy species, and can be grown in most situations, but plant in full sun for the best blossom.
The species Prunus incisa is named for its deeply incised leaves. It is also known as the Fuji cherry, since this species is found on the slopes of Mount Fuji.
'Praecox' was developed in the UK, the name means precocious, reflecting its early-flowering period.
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