Japanese flowering cherry

Prunus 'Shirofugen'

Japanese flowering cherry - Prunus  'Shirofugen'

Common Name: Japanese flowering cherry
Genus: Prunus
Cultivar: 'Shirofugen'

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 8.00 m (800 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 10.00 m (1000 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, White
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, RedFlowering Period: March & April

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


  • Other features: late flowerer

Pink buds cover the branches in spring, opening up into fragrant large double white blooms which fade to pink with age. The young bronze foliage turns dark green in summer then copper red in autumn. The attractive spreading habit and umbrella-like canopy make this a popular Japanese cherry for medium sized gardens.

  • Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Prune in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker. Cut back any dead, diseased or branches which cross to healthy wood.


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