Prunus pissardii nigra
The pink spring blossom is one of the first of the season. Bronze-coloured new growth follows this display, gradually darkening to rich purple. The foliage is especially valuable in the garden as a contrast to the greens which dominate in summer. The leaves also cast dappled shade which makes this tree a good place to retreat on a hot, summer's day. Like all deciduous prunus, it enjoys a moist but well-drained soil and thrives in full sun. The Royal Horticultural Society has also recognised its outstanding qualities and have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Grows to about 5m high.