Prunus avium x Prunus canascens Schmittii

Prunus Schmittii bark
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Small
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate

Prunus Schmittii - Schmitt's Cherry - is a popular tree for public spaces. It reaches a respectable height, but the canopy remains narrow and conical. It grows relatively quickly too.

The single flowers are small, and light pink in colour, with a distinctive propellor-like appearance.

The main attraction is the characterful bark, which is the classic cherry brown in younger trees, but as the tree ages it develops creases and rings.

Schmitt's Cherry is related to Prunus avium, the wild cherry which is native to the UK.

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Schmittii characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive bark
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Useful for: Street / amenity
  • Gardening skill: Average

Identification

  • Flowering month: April
  • Flowering season: Mid-season
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Small
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Plena
    Prunus avium
    Plena
    A form of the native English wild cherry, featuring which has double white flowers rather than single flowers.
  • See also Prunus avium
    Prunus avium
    Prunus avium
    The native "Gean" or "Mazzard" cherry, makes an attractive woodland tree.

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.