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Prunus serrulata Shogetsu

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Flowering cherry

Unusual white flowered form

An excellent choice for a small garden this dainty tree has spreading branches that eventually become a flat crown. In late spring the deep pink buds open to blushing white flowers that hang in clusters like pom-poms along the branches, contrasting with the green new leaves. 

Where?

Give this spring beauty pride of place in a border, near a pond or as a focal point at the end of a path. Happiest in sun or a partly shaded spot and soil which is not too dry in summer. 

How?

Dig a hole that is at least twice the size of the existing container and add well rotted manure to the soil. Don't forget to stake your tree until it has established.  

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 300 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
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

Typically available

From April to September