Prunus ‘Pandora’

Happy Easter and to celebrate here is a lovely tree that is flowering right now. Prunus ‘Pandora’ is a new one to me but it is hardly a new plant. It was raised by the Surrey (UK) company of Waterer Sons and Crisp and introduced in 1939.

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This hybrid is a cross of the small-flowered Prunus x yedoensis and either Prunus subhirtella ‘Ascendens Rosea’ or Prunus ‘Beni Higan Sakura’. I do not know anything about the latter and I can’t quite get to the bottom of which is the other parent. But ‘Pandora’ is a rather upright tree, of columnar habit so it seems reasonable to assume that Prunus subhirtella ‘Ascendens Rosea’ is the other parent.

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‘Pandora’ is a tree of two seasons. In spring the branches are covered in small, pale pink flowers that open from deeper buds and although they are not large the sheer number of them makes the tree really stand out. I am not against large-flowered cherries, and I love the big, blousy ‘Kanzan’ but these small flowers are a delight and so far, they have stood up to the fierce winds we have had this week, far better than the big cherries can.

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The second season of interest is in autumn when the small leaves turn wonderful shades of gold, scarlet, crimson and purple. It is a really good tree and it has a neat habit. In time it will make a tree about 5m high and 3m wide so is suitable for small gardens. Like all cherries it is hardy and is not too fussy about soil but it will not thrive in wet soil and will do better if there is some lime in the soil. All cherries have rather shallow roots and, if grown in grass, the surface roots can get damaged by mowing and throw up lots of suckers.

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5 Comments on “Prunus ‘Pandora’”

  1. joy
    April 5, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    very cheerful happy Easter sunday . roast lamb with fresh mint for dinner and a chocolate bunny for dessert lol

    • thebikinggardener
      April 5, 2015 at 9:10 am #

      that all sounds very traditional. Don’t eat too much chocolate this morning or you won’t have room for lunch

  2. Chloris
    April 5, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    I love it. This one (along with ‘Pink Perfection’ and ‘Accolade’) is my favourite pink one after Prunus suhirtella. Happy Easter.

    • thebikinggardener
      April 5, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      Thank you, and you too. I have a ‘Kursar’ back at home in the UK and I like that too but I may have to make room for another when I get back. This ‘Pandora’ has done really well in the 18 months it has been in here.

      • Chloris
        April 5, 2015 at 11:54 am #

        I have Kursar too, I forgot to mention it. I love the fact that it blooms so early.

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