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Prunus × blireana (d)
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Blireana plum

P. x blireana is a small deciduous tree or large shrub with slightly fragrant, double, rosy-pink flowers 3cm across, these appear with the leaves in early to mid-spring; the leaves are red-purple at first, becoming dark green in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Purple
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any moist, but well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe greenwood cuttings in early summer, graft in early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 1, but prune in midsummer to minimise exposure to silver leaf disease

Pests

Susceptible to damage from aphids, caterpillars and bullfinches

Diseases

May be affected by silver leaf, honey fungus, blossom wilt and bacterial canker

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