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Care of the plant Prunus mahaleb or Mahaleb cherry.

Care of the tree Prunus mahaleb or Mahaleb cherry

The genus Prunus, family Rosaceae, comprises 200 species of trees and shrubs native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Some species are: Prunus mahaleb, Prunus lusitanica, Prunus laurocerasus, Prunus incisa, Prunus dulcis, Prunus cerasifera, Prunus avium, Prunus domestica, Prunus spinosa, Prunus persica, Prunus armeniaca, Prunus serrulata, Prunus cerasus.

Common names: Mahaleb cherry, St Lucie cherry. This species is native to the Mediterranean region, Iran and central Asia.

They are small trees or shrubs of extended growth that reach 10 meters (32.8 feet) in height. They have lustrous ovoid leaves 4 cm (1.57") long with serrated edges and pointed ends. The abundant flowers are white, small, scented and appear in clusters. They bloom in spring and the fruits appear in summer.

They are used in bushy groups, in hedges and as isolated specimens. The wood is used to make smoking pipes.

Prunus mahaleb grows in full sun, semi-shade and shade exposures. They resist the intense heat of the Mediterranean and the frosts.

They grow in poor, stony, well-drained or calcareous soils.

Water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry; they resist drought well.

They do not need pruning or fertilizers.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring or by cuttings in spring or summer.

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Prunus mahaleb
Prunus mahaleb
Prunus mahaleb