This wonderful tree was first discovered on an expedition to China by Harold Peto, one of the UK’s foremost plantsmen of the 20th Century. A romantic at heart, Peto planted the trees on the terrace of his famous home, Iford Manor in Wiltshire so the branches would shower the pathways below in a carpet of delicate pink flowers for the ladies of the house to stroll through. He named it the Iford Cherry and created a truly magnificent sight by all accounts of the time. After his death in the 1930’s, the house fell into disrepair and the tree was lost in the encroaching undergrowth. Re-discovered after the 2nd World War, the current owners lovingly restored the house and garden to its former glory but only during the 1990’s did they come across the ‘Iford’ Cherry again. In1999 the present owners of Iford Manor decided to propagate from the only surviving tree which by then had only one living branch which was no thicker than a pencil. Graft wood was taken and the tree died a few weeks later. Three trees were raised from the grafts and became the mother wood for the trees now for sale. This delightful and historic tree is ideal for growing in a container or as a small tree in the garden. It flowers in early spring and has a marvellous bronze/red leaf colour during the Autumn. Height to 1-1.5mtrs.
Flowering period: early April
Planting position: Sun or semi shade
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