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Accolade Flowering Cherry

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Accolade Flowering Cherry (Prunus x ‘Accolade’)A ravishingly beautiful spring flowering accent tree, featuring semi-double deep pink flowers before the leaves, attractive reddish-brown bark and a beautiful, open habit of growth; needs full sun and well-drained soil, quite tough for a cherry

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
20 feet
Average Landscape Width:
25 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Prunus
Cultivar:
Accolade
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Period:
in early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
brick red
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
decurrent
Flower Bud Color:
rose
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Accolade Flowering Cherry is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers along the branches in early spring that fade to shell pink over time, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. The fruits are showy black drupes displayed in mid summer. The smooth dark red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Accolade Flowering Cherry is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Accolade Flowering Cherry will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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