Japanese flowering cherry

Prunus 'Shirotae'

Japanese flowering cherry - Prunus  'Shirotae'

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

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 6.00 m (600 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 8.00 m (800 cm)

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

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


Pale green new foliage darkens with age before turning orange and red in autumn. This is a spreading tree that has slightly arching branches, covered with cup-shaped fragrant white flowers in mid-spring. A lovely tree for the small to medium sized garden.

  • 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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