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Prunus × dawyckensis Sealy

Dawyck Cherry

Modern name

Prunus dawyckensis Sealy

A deciduous cherry up to about 16 ft high; young shoots hairy, grey to purplish, becoming shining, glabrous and warty later. Leaves broadly oval to obovate, 2 to 5 in. long, 112 to 212 in. wide (those of the flowering shoots smaller), more or less slenderly pointed, coarsely round-toothed, slightly hairy above, glaucous-green and more or less hairy beneath. Flowers in shortly stalked downy umbels of two or three blossoms, each 58 in. across, petals roundish, overlapping, pale pink; style glabrous. Fruit a globose, scarlet-crimson cherry, 12 in. wide, stalk about 1 in. long. Bot. Mag., t. 9519.

Origin not definitely known, but most probably introduced from W. China early in the present century by E. H. Wilson. It is near enough to P. dielsiana and P. canescens to have suggested its being a hybrid between them. The original plant is at Dawyck in Peeblesshire.



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