Prunus serrula

Tibetan cherry

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Colourful bark, Flowers



Skill level


Prunus serrula

Plant details

Prunus serrula has polished mahogany coloured bark, which peels away in bands with age. It's a great choice for adding a touch of drama in winter, and is valuablefor the rest of the year too. In spring, it bears bowl-shaped white flowers just before the leaves emerge, which are followed by small cherries in summer. In autumn, its green leaves turn yellow before they fall.

For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Incorporate plenty of oganic matter such as well-rotted manure in the planting hole when planting. Cut back any dead, diseased or branches in summer.

Family: Roseaceae

Genus: Prunus

Species: serrula

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Colourful bark, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 1000cm

Reader reviews


Are the fruits edible or ornamental?

Woodgreen wonderboy

Fruits definitely ornamental... in fact they are so small that I am not sure if I have ever noticed them. You grow this tree for the bark... the Sheraton tree, says it all.

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