Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'

Japanese flowering cherry

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Colourful new growth, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Ron Evans, copyright GAP Photos (262117)

Plant details

Previously known as 'Cheal's Weeping'. The weeping chrysanthemum cherry, this beautiful Japanese starts starts flowering fairly early in the cherry season. Its rather sparse branches arch down steeply, sometimes to ground level, and from mid-April are smothered in dense clusters of clear deep pink double blooms, which are very large with conspicuously pointed petals. The leaves are bronze-green while young, later darker and very glossy. The drooping stems can be pruned in late summer, allowing time for wounds to heal before leaf fall. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Cultivar: Kiku-shidare-zakura

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to divide plants: September to April

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