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Pink Cascade™ Flowering Cherry Prunus 'NCPH1' PPAF

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Description

Nomenclature on this tree is a bit confusing with many weeping cherries are still incorrectly sold as cultivars of Prunus x subhirtella.  It is part of the rose family and it relatively long-lived for a cherry tree. To maintain the desired weeping pendulous form, remove all stems that grow vertically. This tree has year-round interest!  In late winter, early spring it blooms in its full glory, and then into summer when its weeping form cools the hot summer as it sways in even the lightest breeze. After the leaves have fallen, its drooping bare branches lend a soothing grace to the winter landscape.

This is the ultimate weeping cherry. Diminutive and fine-textured, Pink Cascade™ is a strict weeper with blazing pink flowers. Train it up as high as you want it to go and let 'er weep. Best grown in moist, fertile, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun. It tolerates heat and clay soils but avoid dry soils.  Great as a small patio or specimen tree. Be creative, drape it over a wall, make an archway, or create an espalier dragon with a pink mane!  A dramatic weeper with bright pink flowers.  It was developed as a collaborative project by NC State University and J. Frank Schmidt and Son Nursery.  

Seasons of Interest:

      Foliage: Spring, summer Bloom: Late winter, early Spring  Twigs/Bark: Winter

Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: Ornamental cherries are generally considered to have good disease resistance. However, like all cherries, they could be susceptible to a large number of insect and disease problems depending upon growth conditions. Potential insects include aphids, scale, borers, leafhoppers, caterpillars, tent caterpillars and Japanese beetles. Spider mites may also be troublesome. Potential diseases include cankers, black knot, leaf spot, die back, leaf curl, powdery mildew, root rot and fire blight. This plant is often browsed by deer.

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#weeping#deciduous#birds#small tree#heat tolerant#specimen#wildlife plant#nectar plant#winter interest#espalier#clay soil#patio#clay#ornamentals#mci#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#weeping#deciduous#birds#small tree#heat tolerant#specimen#wildlife plant#nectar plant#winter interest#espalier#clay soil#patio#clay#ornamentals#mci#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Prunus
    Family:
    Roseaceae
    Wildlife Value:
    These flowers are a magnet for pollinators, however, they are also popular with deer. The seeds are attractive to birds and squirrels.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Weeping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are rounded pea-sized fruits (to 1/3” diameter) that are sometimes sparse. Fruits eventually mature to black, but are inedible to humans. Fruits may not appear in some years.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Single-flowering, bright pink pendulous clusters of flowers occur on the weeping branches in late winter or early spring before the leaves emerge, effective for one week.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Doubly Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Elliptic to ovate, doubly serrate, green leaves (to 4” long) turning an ornamentally insignificant red or yellow in fall.
  • Bark:
    Bark Description:
    Bark provides winter interest
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Drooping branches add interest to the fall and winter landscape.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat
    Problems:
    Frequent Disease Problems
    Frequent Insect Problems