Spring into blossom season

We all love the gorgeous blossom on cherry, apricot, plum, and other trees of the Prunus genus.
Many gardeners grow these because they want the fruit that follows, but others choose purely ornamental varieties for their blossom alone. If this appeals to you, check out our pick of cultivars.

  1. Prunus ‘Shirotae’ or ‘Mt Fuji’ (flowering cherry) This mid-season bloomer produces spectacular white blossom on a tree up to 4m high and 6m wide. It spreads with age, and there are grafted weeping forms available. It’s suitable for cool temperate zones.
  2. P. persica ‘Versicolor’ (flowering peach) Growing to 3m high and 3m wide, this is an early-season variety, producing pink, red, white and variegated pink and red blooms in midwinter. It’s suitable for cool temperate, warm temperate, subtropical and arid zones.
  3. P. ‘Elvins’ (flowering plum) This is one of the prettiest of all, with fine branches smothered in
    semi-double white to pink flowers. Blooms appear mid-season, and it grows to 3m tall and
    3m wide. This one is best only in cool temperate zones.

Pick up the August issue for more top picks and full growing information for flowering prunus.