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PRUNUS 'Hanska'

Image of Prunus 'Hanska'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS 'Hanska'

Plant Common Name

Chinese Apricot Plum Hybrid, Hanska Plumcot

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General Description

Robust, vigorous, pretty when in bloom, the Hanska plumcot bears red, firm-fleshed fruits in the latter half of summer. This hardy deciduous tree was introduced by Dr. Niels Hansen in 1908 in Brookings, South Dakota as a cross between the American wild plum (Prunus americana)and the Chinese apricot (Prunus simonii), known commonly as a plumcot. This tall, round-canopied tree has slightly spreading branches, allowing it a dual purpose of a small yard shade tree as well as for fruit production.

Just before the new leaves emerge in mid-spring, white fragrant blossoms attract bees for pollination on the bare branches. The leaves unfurl fully by late spring and are tapering ovals. The fruits ripen in the latter weeks of midsummer, attaining a reddish color with occasional mottlings of orange. The fruits are semi-freestone, sweet and juicy. In autumn the foliage is mottled yellow-green with orange and red.

Grow Hanska plumcot in full to partial sun in a fertile, well-draining soil that is moist during the growing season. Cold and wind-tolerant, this tree makes a great street or yard shade tree with added benefit of ornamental springtime flowers and summertime fruits. Although self-fertile, nearby plumcot or plum trees can increase fruit set.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Width

    18'-20' / 5.5m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Orange, Yellow Green, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Bark Color

    Gray, Slate Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edible, Feature Plant, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No