Prunus avium 'Plena' at Sophia Gardens

Prunus avium 'Plena' 0

Prunus avium 'Plena'
late April 2015

Prunus avium 'Plena' 1

Prunus avium 'Plena'
mid July 2015

Grid reference ST 17648 76512
Common name Double gean
Origin Europe and West Asia
Deciduous Yes
Status Wales Champion 2013
Height 18M April 2015
Girth 344cm April 2015
Reference 190

This tree is at the south end of Sophia gardens, beside the wall forming the boundary with Cowbridge Road.

Prunus avium 'Plena' bark

Prunus avium 'Plena' bark
April 2015

Prunus avium 'Plena' flower

Prunus avium 'Plena' flower
late April 2015

Prunus avium 'Plena' leaf

Prunus avium 'Plena' leaf
mid July 2015

General tree description

Prunus avium 'Plena' is a variant of the native wild cherry Prunus avium. It grows up to 20 metres - larger than other flowering cherries - with a broad open topped crown. The bark is smooth and grey, becoming purple-red and fissured with age. The leaves are long and slender, tending to droop. Brilliant white double flowers on long stalks come with the young green leaves in April/May. In autumn the leaves turn red, orange and yellow. 'Plena' is a sterile variety and therefore bears no fruit unlike Prunus avium.