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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 5:09 pm    Post subject: purple plum height Reply with quote

http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/prunus-cerasifera-nigra/1834.html

I have one of above says will grow to 8 meter. I saw one in a gardencentre and it said up nto 3 meter. Do they come as both sizes.?
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prunus cerasifera nigra 8 metres plus.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
Prunus cerasifera nigra 8 metres plus.
in the garden centre it said 3 m. It was a cheaper one 13 euro against 40 for the 'normal' trees

There must be a smaller version. It was definitely Prunus cerasifera nigra - I read the label
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may have been a misprint on the label, someone mistaking an 8 for a 3, you would be surprised how easy misprints on plant labels happen.....
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slave77 wrote:
It may have been a misprint on the label, someone mistaking an 8 for a 3, you would be surprised how easy misprints on plant labels happen.....
on the printed label the actual description, not a garden centre label?
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, it's very possible! 3m is about 9 ft give or take The size of a large shrub, 8m is about 26 ft, a tree, although it takes 10-20 years to reach mature size. Some times you can get tree varieties as multi stem or feathered I.e. Not with clear trunk as in 'normal' standard trees and they look more like shrubs. What you will find on the like of RHS reference sites/books is what I would always go by, can't always trust labels.
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reread your label. Often the height given is "at ten/fifteen years old". How old is the tree you buy? P. cerasifera "nigra" (pissardii) will grow to 50' in height and width. Its roots will spread a bit further than that. It lives for about 35-50 years. It doesn't take kindly to drastic pruning, which like ane Prunus, must be done in late June to early August. Either plant one where it can grow freely, or as a plant that will be removed when it becomes unlovely.

If you like the flowers, pick a different cherry. If you like the purple foliage, there are purple forms of Hazel (Corylus avellana "purpurea"), Norway Maple, or even the smoke bush (Cotinus coggyria).
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unless you have lots of space dont go for the purple norway maple you will be knee deep in huge leaves in Autumn, I would go for a malus, Amelanchier, Sorbus or Prunus amanogawa.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tippben wrote:
Reread your label. Often the height given is "at ten/fifteen years old". How old is the tree you buy? P. cerasifera "nigra" (pissardii) will grow to 50' in height and width. Its roots will spread a bit further than that. It lives for about 35-50 years. It doesn't take kindly to drastic pruning, which like ane Prunus, must be done in late June to early August. Either plant one where it can grow freely, or as a plant that will be removed when it becomes unlovely.

If you like the flowers, pick a different cherry. If you like the purple foliage, there are purple forms of Hazel (Corylus avellana "purpurea"), Norway Maple, or even the smoke bush (Cotinus coggyria).
I re read the lable. it is a bush version
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