|Grid reference||ST 17648 76512|
|Common name||Double gean|
|Origin||Europe and West Asia|
|Status||Wales Champion 2013|
|Height||18M April 2015|
|Girth||344cm April 2015|
This tree is at the south end of Sophia gardens, beside the wall forming the boundary with Cowbridge Road.
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.