Looking good now
This stunning Indian bean tree is finally in flower at the heart of the Rock Garden.
This stunning Indian bean tree is finally in flower at the heart of the Rock Garden.
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Prunus sargentii

This lovely tree must be in a competition to win the greatest number of excellent common names: Japanese hill cherry, Sargent's cherry, ezo cherry, big mountain cherry. Though still small the stiff branches thrust out energetically as though vorticist in construction but each is then incongruously clothed in gorgeous raspberry ripple pink, large and supplicant flowers.
When the anemone of stamens is highlighted against the coppery bronze, pleated and toothed new leaves, it is an exhilarating sight.

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