Prunus padus 'NANA'

Prunus padus
Prunus padus 'NANA'
dwarf bird cherry
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 3-5m
USUAL WIDTH 2-4m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 3   (down to -40°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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European bird cherry is our native plant which grows wildly in all almost all parts of our continent except for its hottest southern regions. They are melliferous and produce abundance of small berries offering a nice autumn feast for birds. In the gardening trade a few varieties have become quite popular, they have different sizes, crown shapes, and even the colour of flowers and leaves.

Nana is a typical name for a dwarf plant and this bird cherry is one of them. It makes a compact, rounded crown that is rather small: it grows slowly making only some 3-4m in diameter which is perfect for small gardens or narrow streets. In late April appear slender racemes of tiny, white, very scented flowers. They are almost identical to those of prunus laurocerasus (cherry laurel). Leaves are mid green, oval to elliptic, deciduous.

Bird cherry is ideal for places where more demanding trees find the soil too difficult to cope with. It can take almost any soil type, from sandy and dry in summer to clay and heavy ground. If you make sure the plant does not stand in water for the first few months after transplanting you can be sure it will establish happily in its new home. Perfectly hardy to about -40°C (USDA zone 3).

Last update 26-11-2012
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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