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Prunus tomentosa

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PROO-nis toh-men-TOH-suh
Description

Downy Cherry is a deciduous shrub in the rose family.   Plant in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.  Established plants will tolerate drought and winter conditions.  Propagate this shrub stem cuttings or seed.  Use it as a shrub border, mass plant it or create a privacy screen or windbreak.  Be aware it does naturalize in the landscape.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  Borers can be an issue and brown-rot fungus for stressed trees. They generally perform poorly in the south due to lack of heat and humidity tolerance.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#mass planting#windbreak#erosion control#showy fruits#hedges#edible fruits#naturalizes#screening#larval host plant#food source fall#food source soft mast fruit#butterfly friendly#problem for cats#pollinator garden#problem for dogs#problem for horses#shrub borders#eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Prunus
    Species:
    tomentosa
    Family:
    Roseaecae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tibet, China
    Wildlife Value:
    This is a larval host plant to Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). You may see three flights from February-November in the deep south and two flights from May-September in the north. Birds enjoy the fruits.
    Edibility:
    Fruits are edible and range from tart to sweet. Use them in jams, jellies, pies and tarts.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3b, 3a, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    White to light pink 5-petaled flowers 3/4" across solitary or in pairs appear in the spring.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Erosion
    Wind
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses