The Prunus genus contains around 254 species and is a diverse group. Prunus includes Plums, Cherries, Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots and Almonds. Widely grown for fruit and ornamental purposes, they are beautiful trees. Prunus are frequently used in park landscaping as in spring they are covered with the most beautiful, often scented blossoms. Prunus trees can be trained against sunny walls to improve fruit production or left to grow as trees, with interior limbs removed to improve airflow. The process of grafting decorative or a desired types of fruiting tree onto dwarfing rootstock, along with the introduction of new dwarf cultivars means those with smaller gardens can include them in our spaces. Growing in containers is possible with regular water and feed provided. Most Prunus species will also respond well to Bonsai training. However, stone fruit producing trees are best pruned in summer to avoid the possibility of them contracting Silver Leaf disease, for which there is no known cure. A member of the Rosaceae family, these trees are native to temperate regions in the Northern hemisphere. In botanical descriptions, their fruit is called a drupe, meaning it has a fleshy fruit surrounding a single hard seed. They are generally of medium size, between 2.5-7.5cm in diameter, globose to oval in shape, and with a firm and juicy flesh.