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Prunus mahaleb (St Lucie cherry)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
10m
Max height
8m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Prunus mahaleb

Other names

St Lucie cherry, Mahaleb cherry, Rock cherry, Amarel, Little-leaved mahaleb, Perfumed cherry

Genus

Prunus Prunus

Species

P. mahaleb - P. mahaleb is a spreading, deciduous tree with rounded, glossy, dark green leaves turning yellow in autumn and racemes of fragrant, bowl-shaped, white flowers in spring followed by ovoid, glossy, dark red fruit ripening black.


Prunus mahaleb is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Spreading

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leaf mining moths , Vine weevil , Cherry black fly Leaf mining moths , Vine weevil , Cherry black fly

Powdery mildew , Silver leaf Powdery mildew , Silver leaf

General care

Pruning

Pruning Group 1. Prune in midsummer in areas where silver leaf is prevalent.

Propagation

Requires two-three months cold stratification. May be slow to germinate.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Prunus mahaleb (St Lucie cherry) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Woodland

Cultivation

Grown in well-drained or moist but well-drained, preferably neutral to acid soil in sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Prunus mahaleb

Other names

St Lucie cherry, Mahaleb cherry, Rock cherry, Amarel, Little-leaved mahaleb, Perfumed cherry

Genus

Prunus Prunus

Species

P. mahaleb - P. mahaleb is a spreading, deciduous tree with rounded, glossy, dark green leaves turning yellow in autumn and racemes of fragrant, bowl-shaped, white flowers in spring followed by ovoid, glossy, dark red fruit ripening black.

Native to

Europe

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Spreading


Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leaf mining moths , Vine weevil , Cherry black fly

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew , Silver leaf

General care

Pruning

Pruning Group 1. Prune in midsummer in areas where silver leaf is prevalent.

Propagation

Requires two-three months cold stratification. May be slow to germinate.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Prunus mahaleb (St Lucie cherry) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Woodland

Cultivation

Grown in well-drained or moist but well-drained, preferably neutral to acid soil in sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Prunus mahaleb (St Lucie cherry)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Prunus mahaleb (St Lucie cherry)

Common pest name

Chlorotic leafroll of apricot; Chlorotic leafroll of nectarine; Chlorotic leafroll of peach; Decline of Japanese plum; Decline of peach; Dieback of apricot; European stone fruit yellows; European yellows of peach; Italian rosette of peach; Leptonecrosis of plum; MoliĀŠres disease of cherry; Vein clearing of peach; Vein enlargement of peach

Scientific pest name

Candidatus Phytoplasma prunorum

Type

Phytoplasma

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

EU regulation appears satisfactory for UK; willing to participate in future review of EU listing.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Prunus mahaleb (St Lucie cherry)

Common pest name

Peach red-necked longhorn; Plum and peach longhorn; red-necked longhorn

Scientific pest name

Aromia bungii

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A pest mainly of Prunus previously intercepted in the UK on wooden packaging imported from China. There have been longstanding outbreaks of the pest in Italy; a source of significant trade in plants for instant landscapes; and also findings in Germany. The UK will press for early EU regulation and consider UK national measures if risk increases.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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