Prunus × schmittii

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Prunus × schmittii
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Section: P. sect. Cerasus
Species:
P. × schmittii
Binomial name
Prunus × schmittii
Rehder[1]
Synonyms
  • Prunus schmittii Rehder

Prunus × schmittii, Schmitt's cherry, is a nothospecies of flowering cherry that is the result of a cross between Prunus canescens (gray-leaf cherry) and Prunus avium (sweet cherry). It is useful as a street tree in narrow spaces due to its very slender, conical growth form.[2]

Debuting in 1923, P. × schmittii is a fast-growing tree, typically reaching 7 to 12 m, 15 m in favorable spots. Its small, pale pink star- or propeller-shaped flowers arrive in April and attract bees and other pollinators due to their heavy production of pollen. Its small red drupes are relished by birds. The shiny decorative bark is a mahogany brown with prominent horizontal lenticels. The fall foliage is orange-yellow. Multi- and single- stem varieties are available from commercial nurseries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ J. Arnold Arbor. 20:100. 1939
  2. ^ Hetreed, Jonathan; Ross, Ann; Baden-Powell, Charlotte (21 April 2017). Architect's Pocket Book. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781317243021.