Double Flowering Plum

This spring shrub is absolutely gorgeous for about 2 weeks in spring. Double Flowering Plum ( Prunus triloba ‘Mutiplex’) literally explodes with double pink blooms. An averaged sized shrub growing to about 8 feet tall and wide and requiring very little prunning as it keeps it’s shape well. It starts to bloom on leafless branches and by the time the flowers are finishing the leaves have opened.

Double Flowering Plum / Sensible Gardening and Living
Double Flowering Plum / Sensible Gardening and Living

Best to plant flowering plum in full sun to part shade in average soil. It requires only average to low water and benefits from an early spring fertilizing. You can use it as a featured shrub or as abackground or informal hedge. It blooms best on 1 to 3 year old wood so if you decide to do a little prunning do so right after it leafs out.

It’s very important not to confuse this shrub with the Russian Almond. Looking quite similar, however the Russian Almond is much smaller, has scented single flowers and suckers like crazy. Not nearly as nice a shrub and can become a real nuisance. I’ve seen the two shrubs miss labelled in nurseries more than once so watch out for this .

Flowering Plum is also great for forcing indoor stems in early spring, along with forsythia. There is a single bloom variety but it is not nearly as showy as the double form.

PROS:

Hardy to zone 3 / easy to grow / can force flowers for indoors / little prunning required / does not sucker / deer resistant

CONS:

After blooming a relatively plain looking shrub / in zone 3 flower buds will sometimes die off if temp. goes below -35C / fall color is yellowish-bronze (not outstanding)

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