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Sargent’s Cherry Prunus sargentii (Rosaceae) HEIGHT to 13m. Open, spreading tree. BARK purple-brown, rather glossy and ringed with horizontal bands of lenticels. BRANCHES Ascending or spreading; dark-red twigs are thin and smooth. LEAVES To 15cm long, ovate with a long-pointed tip, sharply toothed margins and a 2–4cm-long petiole; smooth on both surfaces. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers are pale pink, on 1–2cm stalks in clusters of 2–4, opening just before leaves, usually in April. Petals are up to 2cm long. Fruits (rarely seen here) are ovoid, to 1.1cm long, and dark crimson. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of Japan and Sakhalin Islands; widely planted here.
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