Pandora Cherry Prunus Pandora

British Grown

Volume 1+
Price per plant £48.00
Price £48.00
Volume 1+
Price per plant £108.00
Price £108.00

All prices include VAT

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 meters
Shape/habit
Round Headed
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty/hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen/Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Spring
Autumn colour
Orange
Red
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Small leaves
Flower colour
Pink
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
March
April
Uses
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.

Comments

By Charlotte rudd on 06/08/2016

I’m very interested in getting Pandora cherry for the end of our garden. We are on north Bristol. Do you have any recommendations for a tree planting service locally? I want to give the cherry the best chance of succeeding so ideally would also want the site checked to make sure it’s suitable as well. I understand it’s best to plant these trees in Autumn, is that right?
Thanks for your help

By Simon on 11/08/2016

Hello Charlotte,

We offer a planting service in Bristol, so if you email or call us with the container size you require we can give you a quote for this. If you can email us photos of the site (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) we can also take a look and see if the tree would be suitable. Planting in Autumn is a good idea, but with container-grown trees you can plant at any time of year.

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Product description

PRUNUS PANDORA – Pandora Cherry

Characteristics

This elegant, small cherry with a wide, pillar-shaped crown providing a vase shaped outline. It blooms with large shell pink to white flowers in late March.  The foliage opens bronze red in spring fading to green as the season progresses. 

It turns colour beautifully in autumn. It can be used not only as an ornamental tree in gardens and parks, but also as elegant street tree.

With a maximum expected height of 6 metres (20ft) this is a very suitable tree for a small garden.

Where to grow

Ornamental cherries grow best in full sun on moist fertile deep loamy soils.  They will therefore grow well in most garden or parkland positions.  Poor soils should have organic matter added to the backfill during planting. They do not like waterlogged or permanently wet ground.

Did you know?

A cross between P. ‘Beni Higan Sakura’ and P. x yedoensis. It was selected by Waterer Sons and Crisp in England in 1939.