This genus, which includes the Cherry, is now merged in Prunus by botanists. It is important to the tree-lover, because it yields several beautiful spring-flowering trees. See Prunus, also Chapters 5, 6 and 26. The plants offered in nurseries under the name Cerasus include the evergreen species, Laurocerasus and its varieties (see Laurel), and the following deciduous species and their varieties: Avium (varieties Juliana, pendula, latifolia pendula and multiplex), Mahaleb (varieties pendula and variegata), Padus (the Bird Cherry), Pseudocerasus (syns. Sieboldii and Watereri; James H. Veitch is a beautiful double pink form; Choskin is paler, see plate; Yoshimo is a charming light pink, see plate); semperflorens (All Saints Cherry); serrulata, the beautiful double white Japanese Cherry; and sinensis pendula rosea, a drooping single pink form.

Prunus Pseudo-Cerasus Choskin. Colour photo by R. A. Malby.

Fig. Prunus Pseudo-Cerasus Choskin. Colour photo by R. A. Malby.