Double flowering plum shrubs typically have large, showy flowers that appear in the early spring before the leaves. The flowers are often pink or white in color and have a double row of petals, which gives them a full, fluffy appearance. They are usually 1 - 2 inches in diameter. The flowers are usually arranged in clusters, and they bloom profusely, creating a beautiful display of color in the spring. Some cultivars of double flowering plums can also have red or purple flowers and they are also known for their sweet fragrance.
Double flowering plum are grown primarily for their ornamental value, as the flowers are quite beautiful. They are often used in landscaping and gardening to add a splash of color in the spring.
The flowers of double flowering plums can also be used for cut flowers, they can be used in floral arrangements or bouquets. They can also be dried and used in dried flower arrangements.
Additionally, the flowers are edible, and can be used in culinary applications such as making jams, jellies or syrups. They can also be used in salads or desserts.
It's worth noting that before consuming or using the flowers in any way, it's important to make sure that the shrub hasn't been treated with any pesticides or chemicals.
Double flowering plum shrubs are a beautiful addition to any garden, but they do require some care and attention to ensure they survive the winter in colder climates like our Grande Prairie Zone 3B. Here are some tips for keeping your double flowering plum shrub healthy and thriving:
Planting: When planting your double flowering plum shrub, make sure to choose a location with well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. This will help ensure that the shrub has the proper growing conditions to thrive. For more Planting tips read our Double Flowering Plum planting guide
Watering: Regular watering is essential for keeping your double flowering plum shrub healthy. Make sure to water your shrub regularly, especially during dry spells. This will help to keep the soil moist and prevent the roots from drying out.
Fertilizing: In early spring, fertilize your double flowering plum shrub with a balanced fertilizer. This will help to provide the shrub with the nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy.
Pruning: Pruning is important for maintaining the shape and health of your double flowering plum shrub. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. Remove any damaged or diseased branches as they appear. Read more on Pruning your Plum HERE
Winter care: To keep your double flowering plum shrub alive over the winter in Zone 3B, you'll need to take extra precautions. Mulching around the base of the shrub will help insulate the roots from extreme cold temperatures. Wrapping the shrub with burlap or frost blanket can also help to protect it from winter winds. Make sure the shrub is well-watered before the ground freezes to help it survive the winter.
In addition to these tips, keep an eye out for pests or diseases and address them promptly if found. With proper care, your double flowering plum shrub will continue to provide you with beautiful blooms year after year.