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Prunus maximowiczii - Miyama or Korean cherry

Unfortunately this East Asian species is little grown in Finland. Although its flowering can’t match the decorative Japanese cherries, which blossom on bare branches, its habit and hardiness make it an excellent addition to the selection of flowering trees available. The white flowers appear after the leaves. It grows into a beautiful small tree, sometimes multi-stemmed, with the branches placed in attractive layers. The positioning of the leaves indicates a degree of shade tolerance greater than in most cherries.

The unusual clusters of flowers form on short thorn-like fruit spurs, which are not a normal feature of the Prunus genus. The flower bracts persist even when the black bitter fruit have ripened. The leaves are oblong with toothed edges. Their autumn colour varies according to origin and growing conditions, from yellow-brown to a handsome pale or rust-red.