Double gean Prunus avium 'Plena' (d)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
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'Plena' is a spreading medium-sized deciduous tree with profuse, pure white double flowers in pendulous clusters. Leaves green, turning red and orange in autumn

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Double-Flowered Cherry, Full Double Cherry

    • Common names

      Cerasus avium (L.) Moench, Prunus cerasus var. avium (L.) Ehrh., Prunus cerasus var. plena Weston, Prunus cerasus subsp. avium (L.) Syme

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      20 feet (6 meters)

    • Spread

      20 feet (6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appearance: Prunus avium 'Plena' features attractive double white flowers that provide a striking aesthetic to gardens and landscapes.
    • Seasonal Interest: It has a notable spring bloom, bringing a seasonal display to areas where it is planted.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The flowers can attract pollinators such as bees, which are important for ecological balance and pollination of other plants.
    • Shade Provision: As a deciduous tree, it offers shade during the warmer months which can be beneficial for underplantings or providing cooler areas in a garden.
    • Aesthetic Structure: During winter when the leaves have fallen, the tree's architectural form adds interest to an otherwise barren landscape.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, this tree typically requires minimal upkeep beyond occasional pruning to maintain its shape and health.
    • Food Source for Wildlife: Although excluded from consumption by humans, the cherries produced can serve as a food source for birds and other wildlife.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Wildlife Habitat: The dense foliage of the wild cherry tree provides excellent cover and nesting opportunities for birds.
    • Tannin Source: The bark of the wild cherry tree contains tannins that can be extracted and used in leather tanning processes.
    • Woodworking: The fine-grained, hard wood of the wild cherry tree is valued for making furniture, musical instruments, and specialty wood items.
    • Culinary Arts: The fruit of the wild cherry tree can be used to flavor liqueurs, jams, and pastries, offering a unique cherry taste.
    • Dye Production: The bark, root, and leaves of the wild cherry tree can be used to produce natural dyes for textiles.
    • Floral Arrangements: The double-flowered cultivar 'Plena' is especially desirable for its ornamental value in cut-flower arrangements.
    • Landscape Design: The wild cherry tree is utilized for its aesthetic appeal in landscape architecture and park designs.
    • Photography Prop: The beautiful blossoms of the wild cherry tree make it a popular subject for photographers during the spring.
    • Educational Tool: The wild cherry tree can be used in educational settings to teach about plant life cycles, pollination, and the importance of native species.
    • Cultural Symbol: In some regions, the wild cherry tree has cultural significance and is included in local folklore and traditions.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Double Flowering Cherry is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Double Flowering Cherry is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Beauty: With its lush, full blooms, the Double-Flowered Cherry, as Prunus avium 'Plena' is commonly known, is often associated with beauty and the aesthetic pleasure one derives from observing such visual splendor.
    • Innocence: The delicate and pure appearance of the cherry blossoms evokes a sense of innocence and purity, reminiscent of the carefree days of youth.
    • Impermanence: The fleeting nature of the cherry blossom's bloom is a potent symbol of life's transience, reminding us of the beauty and temporality of existence.
    • Renewal: Blooming in the spring, the Double-Flowered Cherry is emblematic of renewal and the cycle of life, representing new beginnings and rebirth.
    • Love and Romance: Often found in love poems and art, cherry blossoms are synonymous with romance, signaling the arrival of love or the presence of deep affection.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not applicable
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Double-Flowering Cherry Tree, commonly known as Prunus avium 'Plena', should be watered deeply and regularly during its first growing season to establish an extensive root system; aim for about 1-2 gallons of water per week, depending on the weather and soil moisture levels. Once established, they are moderately drought tolerant and natural rainfall will often suffice, but during prolonged dry spells, water the tree every two weeks with approximately 2 gallons. Avoid overwatering and ensure good drainage to prevent root rot.

  • sunLight

    The Double-Flowering Cherry Tree thrives in a location with full sunlight, where it can receive at least six hours of direct sun daily. Plant it in a spot where it is not shaded by buildings or taller trees to ensure it gets the best light conditions needed for optimal flowering and fruit production.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The ideal growing temperatures for the Double-Flowering Cherry Tree are between 60°F and 75°F. It is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 8, meaning it can withstand winter lows down to -20°F and summer highs up to 90°F, but extreme temperatures beyond these ranges could potentially harm the tree.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Double-Flowering Cherry Tree to remove any dead, damaged, or overcrowded branches, which promotes healthy growth and allows better air circulation. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before the tree breaks dormancy. Pruning should be done annually or every few years, depending on the tree's growth and appearance.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Double Flowering Cherry prefers well-draining soil with a layer of mulch to retain moisture. The best soil mix should include loamy or sandy components and organic matter such as compost to encourage healthy growth. The ideal soil pH for Double Flowering Cherry should be mildly acidic to neutral, around 6.5 to 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Double Flowering Cherry trees, being large landscape plants, are not typically repotted. They should be planted in a permanent location where they won't need to be moved as they can reach considerable sizes.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Double Flowering Cherry trees are adaptable to a wide range of outdoor humidity levels and don't have specific humidity requirements, as they are mostly grown outdoors.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Double Flowering Cherry cannot be grown indoors; it's a large outdoor tree.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil, full sun, protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Double-Flowered Cherry (Prunus avium 'Plena') begins as a seed, which after stratification (a period of cold to break dormancy) germinates in the spring. It progresses to a seedling stage, where it establishes roots and begins to sprout leaves. As a young tree, it undergoes vegetative growth, forming a woody structure and branches. Flower bud induction occurs next, usually requiring exposure to winter chill to stimulate spring flowering, featuring its notable double white blossoms. Following pollination, the tree produces small, non-edible cherry-like fruits that contain seeds, which if conditions allow, can disperse to grow new trees. The tree reaches maturity in several years, can live for decades, and goes through an annual cycle of flowering, fruiting, and dormancy.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The Prunus avium 'Plena', commonly known as the double-flowering cherry, is often propagated through grafting. This is a popular method because it maintains the true characteristics of the parent plant. Grafting is typically done in late winter or early spring before the buds begin to swell. A scion, which is a piece of a branch with buds, is taken from a healthy double-flowering cherry tree. It is then inserted into a cut made in the rootstock, which is generally from a seedling or a different variety of cherry that provides vigor and adaptability to soil conditions. The two pieces are tightly bound together with grafting tape and sealer to ensure a good union. After successful grafting and once growth is apparent, the tape can be removed, generally after a few weeks to a couple of months.