This rich genus includes everything from English laurel to flowering apricots, cherries, peaches, and plums. (For edible varieties, see individual listings for apricot, cherry, peach, plum, and plum hybridss.)
Ornamental species and forms can be divided into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. Evergreen types are used chiefly as hedges, screens, shade trees, street trees. Deciduous flowering trees and shrubs, closely related to the fruit trees mentioned above, are valued for their winter or spring floral display as well as for attractive shape and for foliage form, texture, and sometimes even fall color. Many of these deciduous kinds offer a bonus of edible fruit.Prunus campanulata
Native to Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan. Graceful, slender, upright-growing small tree to 25 ft. high and wide; densely branched. Single, bell shaped, drooping, bright purplish pink flowers appear in clusters of 2–5. Early. Red fruit about 1/2 in. long.
Good choice for warm-winter areas.
Native to Balearic Islands and Corsica. Dainty-looking but tough plant, forming dense foliage tuft 3&n...
Grows 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide. Dense foliage and single rose pink flowers with ruffled edges. Late spri...
This evergreen is native from southeastern Europe to Iran. Fast growing to 15–30 ft. tall and wi...