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Prunus serrula

Tibetan cherry, birch-bark tree

Dramatic winter bark

This gorgeous tree creates a damatic look through winter when the shiny, deep brown bark is on show. Clusters of flowers are seen in spring, crowded on the branches as the new leaves emerge and in autumn the leaves turn golden yellow before falling to reveal the beautiful bark once again.


Happy in a sunny or partly shaded spot away from cold winds and soil which is not too dry in summer. Plant near a path where the bark can be admired or as a specimen tree in a lawn.


Add well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil when planting and feed each spring with a suitable fertiliser. Stake your tree until the roots have established and water during dry weather.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 800 cm - 900 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 250 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September