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Prunus 'First Lady' /First Lady Flowering Cherry

Prunus 'First Lady'  / Prunus 'First Lady'
Spring flowers the first year after planting
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Spring flowers the first year after planting

Close-up of hot pink flowers

Close-up of flowers the second year after planting

Flower buds ready to pop open

Heavier flowering the second year after planting

Upright growth habit apparent the second year after planting

Fruit hard to find ripe as birds eat them at first sign of turning red

White peach scale on bark can seriously damage or kill cherries, peaches and other plants. Control with oil sprays following directions on container

Typical damage to ornamental cherry leaves caused by the feeding of June beetles

Attractive pink flowers

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Scientific Name: Prunus 'First Lady'
Common Name: First Lady Flowering Cherry
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Pink
Fruit present: Spring
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Trees, Fruiting
Comments: First Lady is an upright growing hybrid between Okami and Taiwan cherry. Because of its very columnar growth, it can fit into small, narrow spaces in the landscape. It is used as a specimen or accent plant and comes into flower in late winter, about two weeks after the Taiwan and as the same time as Okami. June beetles can eat most of the leaves off the plants in just a few nights. Since they eat the leaves at night, many are puzzled as to what is doing it and wrongly suspect that it is catapillars.