Cherry Tree Seeds
Note: These are pre-stratified prunus
seeds, ready for sowing as soon as you receive them. Due to the
difficulty in germinating some of these seeds, we make no
warranty other than to replace seeds that do not
Important Note: Most of the seeds on this page will
benefit greatly from using the CAPE "Super
Smoke Plus" SEED GERMINATION PRIMER that we use in our own
greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better
germination results when we use this primer on prunus
RLP057 Taiwan Cherry Prunus campanulata
A small, deciduous tree native to southern China, Vietnam, Taiwan and southern Japan with beautiful, deep pink, bell-shaped flowers in spring. It an outstanding ornamental flowering tree for the warm temperate garden in USDA Zones 8 to 10 and considered the best flowering cherry for warm regions.
PR01 Myrobalan Cherry Plum Prunus
For zones 5-8. A fast growing, medium size cherry tree growing
15-25 feet tall and equal spread with a rounded crown. Covered
with pinkish white, fragrant blooms in early spring, followed
by dark green leaves and fruits that are about one inch in
diameter and edible. Dark reddish brown bark.
PR02 Wild Black Cherry Prunus Virginiana
For zones 2-6. A medium size cherry tree; height usually not
over 20 to 25 feet, diameter 4 to 8 inches; with an irregular,
rounded crown. Bright green, broadly oval leaves, paler
underneath; length 3 to 4 inches, width 1 to 2 inches. Fruit is
in dense clusters; reddish, turning nearly black when fully
ripe; each berry containing a single seed, skin of fruit thick;
flesh thin and dark; very astringent to the taste, but edible.
Popular tree for birds. Most widely distributed tree in North
America, extending from the Arctic Circle to Mexico and from
the Atlantic to the Rockies.
3394 Sloe Prunus spinosa
Prunus spinosa is a large deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 15 feet tall, with blackish bark and dense, stiff, spiny branches. It is hardy to zone 4. The leaves are oval, 2-4.5 cm long and 1.2-2 cm broad, with a serrated margin.
In late February and early March, the blackish branches are hidden underneath dense clouds of fluffy white flowers. The mid-sized, dark green, oval leaves emerge after the flowers and the fruit, called sloes or sloe berries, ripen in late autumn, with a bloom of pale blue powder over the dark purple skin.
The fruit, called a "sloe", is a drupe about half an inch in diameter, black with a purple-blue waxy bloom, ripening in autumn, and harvested—traditionally, at least in the UK, in October or November after the first frosts. Sloes are thin-fleshed, with a very strongly astringent flavour when fresh.
Blackthorn is much prized for walking sticks and only blackthorn or oak wood is used to make a real Irish sail eille (shillelagh in English). In Southern Ireland, County Kerry, there is a town called Killarney, which means "church of sloes".
It makes good firewood.
Prunus spinosa is self-fertile and Sloe berries are traditionally used for infusing with gin, vodka and brandy, but they also make good jam. In colder parts of the country where frosts come early, you can try leaving ripe Sloes on the branch; a touch of frost will make them surprisingly sweet.
PR04 Apricot Prunus armeniaca
The apricot tree of commerce, a hardy tree, bearing stone
fruit, closely related to the peach. Grows to about 35 feet.
The leaves are broad and roundish, with pointed apex; smooth;
margin, finely serrated; petiole 1/2 inch to an inch long,
generally tinged with red. The flowers are pinkish white, with
five regular sepals and petals and many stamens, and open very
early in the spring. The fruit, which ripens end of July to
mid-August, is a drupe, like the plum, with a thin outer, downy
skin enclosing the yellow flesh (mesocarp), the inner layers
becoming woody and forming the large, smooth, compressed stone,
the ovule ripening into the kernel, or seed.
PR05 Bird Cherry Prunus Avium
For zones 3 to 8. Grows to about 40 ft, spread of about 35 ft.
The white flowers appear in April or May. The fall color is
bronze and red. Wild cherry, also known as bird cherry, or
mazzard cherry is very attractive when in bloom and its autumn
fruits - when you are able to gather them before the birds do -
are good to eat. Of course as with most prunus types, the
leaves, twigs and pits are considered poisonous.
Growing to a maximum height of around 25 meters, and with a
preference for lime-rich soil, Prunus avium grows with a neat
rounded crown and a straight trunk - altogether a very neat and
PR08 Wild Black Cherry Prunus serotina
A fast growing cherry for zones 2-8. Grows in pyramidal to
conical shape 50-75 feet tall. Leaf: 2 to 5" alternate, simple
leaves; yellow to red fall color. Flower/Fruit: 4 to 6" raceme
of white flowers in early spring; small juicy reddish black
edible berries in summer that attract birds.
PR09 Perfumed Cherry, St. Lucie cherry Prunus
Best for zones 6-8. A cherry with interesting foliage, it has
bright green heart-shaped leaves which turn yellow in autumn.
Mature plants bear masses of fragrant cup-shaped white flowers.
Fast growing to 30 ft.
PR11 Nanking Cherry Prunus tomentosa
for zones 2 to 7, grows to 8 ft, spread 8 ft. Rounded,
deciduous shrub with white flowers and red fruit. Nanking
Cherry (Vis. 2) can be used in the shade, but it flowers better
in sun or partial shade. The flowers (Vis. 1) are borne briefly
in early spring and are pale pink, fading to white. The red
fruits are sour and eaten by birds. The plant is often
purchased by homeowners as a smaller substitute for tart
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