Prunus tenella 'FIRE HILL'

Prunus tenella
Prunus tenella 'FIRE HILL'
dwarf Russian almond
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-1.5m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.8m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS deep pink
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 2   (down to -45°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Hedging plants
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Dwarf Russian almond is a profusely flowering, deciduous shrub from Russia, mostly western part of Siberia. It grows sparsely in our country, too, mainly in Moravia and is a protected plant. Sometimes it is mistaken for mezereon for its flowers and habit look similar.

It is a moderately, upright growing shrub with dense branching of erect, broom-like twigs. The leaves are deciduous, 4-8 cm long, inversely lance-shaped, and appear from mid spring along with the flowers. These are usually pink to rosy pink, and in case of this variety called Fire Hill they are very deep pink, almost purple-red. They appear in April and May on last year’s growths.

Dwarf Russian almond is a dense shrub, yet providing an airy feeling, and tends to bend its branches a little with age. If you wish to keep it compact we recommend pruning it when young to secure good shape and firm framework. If you want to prune it do so immediately after flowering so that the plant has enough time to make new branches that will flower the following year. It grows in almost any well-drained soil in full sun. Extremely hardy to about -45°C (USDA zone 2).

Last update 14-02-2012
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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
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