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Prunus cerasifera 'Newport'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: cerasifera (ke-ra-SEE-fer-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Newport

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative SalmonMe On Apr 16, 2005, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

We planted three of these and they were literally covered with Japanese beetles in July. Apparently, they are a favorite food for these pests and the trees were horribly marred by the end of even the first day of infestation. We are removing these trees as we do not want to have to resort to chemical sprays every summer to keep them foliated. Many other more worthwhile trees available. Also notoriously short-lived.

Neutral smiln32 On Jan 7, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Foliage of this cultivar is a bright purple. Great specimen tree. Tolerates heat and mild drought conditions well. Best in full sun, although it can tolerate some shade. Symetrical canopy. Also great for bonsai.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clovis, California
Long Beach, California
Lake City, Florida
Crest Hill, Illinois
Alfred, Maine
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Akron, Ohio
Oak Harbor, Washington

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