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Prunus jacquemontii

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PROO-nus jak-MON-tee-eye
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Afghan Cherry is a dwarf shrub in the rose family native to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and Tibet.  Plant in the full sun and it tolerates a wide range of soil types.  In the spring showy fragrant shell pink flowers with red centers appear which are followed by tart red cherries.  Prune it in late winter when there is no threat of frost.  Mass plant it and use it as a hedge or screen.  It tolerates urban conditions well.

Insects, Diseses, and Other Plant Problems:  Dropped fruits can be messy.  It does not tolerate standing water.  

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#spring flowers#dwarf#mass planting#hedges#red fruits#screening#early spring flowers#messy fruits#urban conditions tolerant#bird friendly#food source soft mast fruit#self-pollinating#mid-summer fruits#food source mid-summer#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#spring flowers#dwarf#mass planting#hedges#red fruits#screening#early spring flowers#messy fruits#urban conditions tolerant#bird friendly#food source soft mast fruit#self-pollinating#mid-summer fruits#food source mid-summer#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Prunus
    Species:
    jacquemontii
    Family:
    Roseaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Afghanistant, India, Pakistan and Tibet.
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits attract birds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Plum purple drupes in mid-summer
  • Flowers:
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Shell pink 5 petaled flowers with red centers appear in early spring before leaves. It is self-pollinating so does not need another cherry tree to produce fruit.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Outstanding yellow fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Urban Conditions
    Problems:
    Messy
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Stems, leaves, seeds contain cyanide, particularly toxic in the process of wilting: brick red mucous membranes, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, shock.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Cyanogenic glycosides
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves
    Seeds
    Stems