Prunus 'Shirotae'

Japanese flowering cherry

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers



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Plant details

Prunus 'Shirotae' was formerly known as 'Mount Fuji', 'Hosokawa' and 'Kojima'. It is similar to 'Shogetsu', but flowers much earlier, almost finishing before the latter starts to bloom. A spreading, low-crowned tree, it has arching branches that sometimes reach the ground. It is a distinctive and appealing sight in April, when the branches are covered with the long-stalked clusters of very large blooms, clear brilliant white and almost fully double. The spreading stems can be pruned in late summer, allowing time for wounds to heal before leaf fall. Planst are fully hardy and can be grown in any soil, except waterlogged and prefers full sun. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Cultivar: Shirotae

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 800cm

Time to divide plants: September to April

Flowering period: April to May

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