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Purple Leaved Cherry Prunus Royal Burgundy

Description & features

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Size and quantity

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
15L pot size / 1.75-2.75m
£60.00
30L pot size / 2.4-3.5m
£180.00
80L pot size / 3.5-4.5m
£300.00

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

British Grown - The British Grown logo denotes plants and trees that have been both propagated and grown in the UK. Read more

Product description

PRUNUS ROYAL BURGUNDY – Purple leaved Cherry

Characteristics

Royal Burgundy’ is in many ways similar to the ever popular Kanzan, which is not surprising as it is a cultivar.  It has the same large, dark pink flowers. But with the added attraction of dark purple- red leaves.

This tree will grow in an open vase shape to a height of about 6 metres (20ft), has wonderful wine dark autumn colour.

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?

This cultivar was a named as a sport of the more popular flowering cherry Prunus Kanzan, it is very recent introduction being available only since 1990. 


 

 

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Open
Vase
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Summer
Leaf
Purple/Red
Foliage
Dense
Flower colour
Pink
Flowering type
Double
Flowering month
April
May
Uses
Parkland Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Flower Arranging

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Open
Vase
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Summer
Leaf
Purple/Red
Foliage
Dense
Flower colour
Pink
Flowering type
Double
Flowering month
April
May
Uses
Parkland Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Flower Arranging

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 G. Hurley on 21/04/2014

Would it be possible to grow a Prunus Royal Burgundy in a large container for a few years and with careful pruning?

By Simon on 23/04/2014

Hello,

Yes it would be possible to grow a royal Burgundy in a pot for a few years. You would need to prune it in the summer and most importantly remember to water it come rain or shine. The reason being that with the leaf cover in the summer very little rain water will get to the pot. It would also need a good feed once or twice a year.

Kind regards,

Simon

By Sandra Kember on 06/07/2014

are the cherrys edible?

By Simon on 14/07/2014

I am afraid that any cherries on Ornamental trees don’t tend to be very tasty.

Kind regards,

Simon

By val on 21/07/2014

There is a rehab center near me and the driveway is lined with large trees with dark purple leaves and gorgeous bunches of large dark purple cherries (with pits).  I’ve tasted them and they’re a cross between a tart cherry and a Bing cherry. The gardener told my friend who is staying at the rehab that they weren’t good to eat.  My question is are they safe to eat and bake with?  As far as taste they ARE good to eat.  Thanks

By Simon on 28/07/2014

Hello Val,

I am afraid that having not seen the trees or knowing if it is actually the Royal Burgundy I don’t feel in a position to advise if they are edible or not. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

By Vineeta on 08/08/2016

What is the best time to move prunus burgundy? When is it dormant?

By Beryl on 20/11/2017

Can I plant Royal Burgundy in chalky soil?  Solid chalk is about 2ft down.  We have improved the soil.  There were some very old apple trees there that have now been blown down in the winter.

Thank you

By Simon on 24/11/2017

Hello Beryl,

You can plant Prunus Royal Burgundy in chalky soil, just beware of it drying out if it’s fairly shallow. Make sure to stake the tree firmly. If it is particularly windy, flowering cherries aren’t ideal as the blossom won’t last long. You could look at something like Frosted Thorn instead.

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