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Cherries for small gardens

Cherries are attractive and versatile trees, giving delightful spring colour when they are in full blossom. Colin Crosbie, Curator of RHS Garden Wisley, recommends some that are suitable for smaller gardens.

Prunus 'Kursar'

This beautiful small tree was raised by Captain Collingwood Ingram who was affectionately known as 'Cherry Ingram' because of his lifelong interest in flowering cherries, especially Japanese cherries. He was responsible for breeding many cherries grown at Wisley and for reintroducing Prunus 'Taihaku' to Japan after finding a plant growing in Sussex. AGM.

Prunus incisa 'The Bride'

In spring this small cherry, which has a dense shrubby growth habit, is smothered with large single white flowers. The anthers of the flowers are vibrant red which stands out well against the white petals. Even in winter this tree possesses a certain beauty with its distinctive silhouette against a dark sky.

Prunus 'Accolade'

During April this tree is covered in masses of large light pink semi-double flowers. It will also add value to your garden during the autumn when its green leaves turn a vivid rich orange/red colour. This cherry has a spreading growth habit which means it has a broad canopy. Consider growing bulbs beneath for a striking contrast. AGM.

Prunus 'Kojo-no-mai'

This delightful small cherry is very slow growing and compact, making it suitable for growing in containers. Its branches have a fascinating, zigzag growth habit and these are covered in small, blush pink flowers. In autumn this cherry will reward you with great foliage colour; this cultivar has multi-seasonal interest.

Prunus 'Shogetsu'

This is one of the finest Japanese cherries and has a wide spreading growth habit. Its large double pink flowers hang from the branches in clusters providing a breathtaking display. The double pink flowers quickly fade to a beautiful pure white so that the spectacle of pink blooms make way for a cloud of white. AGM.

Prunus 'Pink Perfection'

This charming cherry has bright, double pink flowers which hang in drooping clusters from the branches. The leaves are a delicate bronze colour when young, before turning green and then a bright fiery red and orange in the autumn. AGM.

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