Prunus mira Koehne

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Prunus mira' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/prunus/prunus-mira/). Accessed 2019-12-11.

Genus

Glossary

axillary
Situated in an axil.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
glaucous
Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
midrib
midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Prunus mira' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/prunus/prunus-mira/). Accessed 2019-12-11.

A deciduous almond up to 30 to 35 ft high; shoots glabrous, smooth at first, becoming warty with age. Leaves lanceolate, 2 to 5 in. long, 34 to 112 in. wide, dark green and glabrous above, rather glaucous and more or less grey-hairy along the midrib beneath. Flowers solitary or in pairs, axillary on the leafless shoots, opening in March and April, 1 to 114 in. wide; petals roundish-obovate, white, prettily tinged with pink, margins wavy; stamens with red stalks and yellow anthers. Fruits nearly globose, 134 in. long, velvety, the flesh edible but bitter, the stone smooth. Bot. Mag., t. 9548.

Native of W. Szechwan, China, up to 8,000 ft altitude, discovered and introduced by E. H. Wilson in 1910. It is of great botanical interest in being the only almond known to have a smooth stone. It is evidently quite hardy and flowers and bears fruit freely. It succeeded particularly well at Kemsing in Kent growing on one foot of loam on chalk.


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