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Praecox

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.

Prunus incisa

Praecox flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 2-year top-worked pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 11.5L pot
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
    (45cm)

How to grow

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.

History

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.

Praecox characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersWinter colour
    • Growth habit:Spreading
    • Height after 10 years:1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flowering season:Early
    • Flowering month:February
    • Flower form:Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Leaf/Flower sequence:Flowers appear first
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sun
    • Pruning:Prune after flowering
    • Growth rate:Slow
    • Site conditions:Occasional drought
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous

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