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Prunus Chocolate Ice

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Flowering cherry

Unusual chocolate coloured leaves in spring

A picture in early summer when frilly flowers open, backed by fresh new leaves which are chocolate brown. The leaves mature to deep green and this lovely small tree has another moment in the spotlight through autumn when the leaves have fiery orange and red hues before they fall for the winter.

Where?

A beautiful tree to plant as a specimen in a lawn, as a focal point at the end of a path or near water where the autumn leaves will be reflected. Happiest in sun and soil which is not too dry.

How?

Add well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil before planting and stake the tree whilst it is young to help the roots establish.  

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 600 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 600 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 300 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Check store availability

Prunus chocolate ice matusmae fuki 12 l £49.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From January to December