Prunus serrula var. tibetica

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As shaggy and appealing as an Irish Setter, this is the trunk of a magnificent, mature Tibetan cherry, Prunus serrula var. tibetica, which we spotted near Nobding, Bhutan. Introduced to Europe by Ernest Wilson in 1908, it makes a dramatic standard or multi-stemmed garden tree. If properly groomed the mahogany-coloured bark is richer and shinier, making it perfect as a feature or focal point.


Categories: Travel, Trees and Shrubs

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2 comments On "Prunus serrula var. tibetica"

  1. Hi TFG, I’m reading your blog from the beginning, as if it were a book, and I have no idea if you would see a post attached here, 5 years ago, as it were. But here goes – how do you ‘properly groom’ a prunus serrula?
    I have one which I would like to improve.

    1. How wonderful Candy! I hope it’s turning out to be a good book? I can’t promise you an ending just yet though. I’d love to know whether you feel it’s improved as time has gone on or if I’ve lost anything in the process. Hard to judge as the one who writes it.

      When it comes to Prunus serrula it’s all about keeping the main stems clear of any wispy bits and creating a nice clear, open framework in the crown. If there’s too much clutter then the bark can’t be admired properly. Does this help answer your question?


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