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Three Blossom Trees to Plant Now

By Local National Trust Gardeners 

 

Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ (Fuji cherry tree)

Blossom trees come in all sizes, and whatever sized outdoor space you have, there is a blossom tree that will suit. Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ is a very small Fuji cherry tree with zig-zagging branches and masses of flowers – perfect for growing in pots. As winter ends in early March, ‘Kojo-no-mai’ bursts into an abundance of blossom.” 

Emma McNamara, National Trust gardens consultant in London and South East

 

Malus baccata var. mandshurica (Manchurian Siberian crab apple)  

As the seasons pass the prolific, pure white blossom of April/May loved by bees makes way for an autumnal abundance of little cherry-sized, deep-red apples. Requiring only basic tree husbandry with little or no pruning, unless you wish to control its size or shape, this fully-hardy tree, native to eastern Asia, is perfect for all garden lovers. It can also be used in orchards to pollinate and ensure a good crop of fruit on the many varieties of apples that flower at the same time.  

Richard Burton, head gardener, Ightham Mote

 

Pyrus communis (pear cultivars)  

Created by Rudyard Kipling, Bateman’s Pear Alley provides one of the best views towards the house. It is clothed in white pear blossom in April, which is good for pollinators, and it is under-planted with spring-flowering bulbs and perennials such as Scilla litardierei, Symphytum ibericum, bluebells and tulips. The metal structure is original, but the pears have been replaced since Kipling’s day, matching original cultivars including ‘Beurre Hardy’, ‘William Bon Chretien’, and ‘Doyenne du Comice’.  

 The espalier pear trees are trained along the metal structure to show off the fruits to their best advantage. These varieties produce good crops and were largely used for preserves. A further restoration of Pear Alley is planned for this autumn once the fruit has been picked. 

Len Bernamont, garden & outdoors manager, Bateman’s  

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