Prunus 'Shogetsu'

Japanese flowering cherry

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour






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photo by Christina Bollen, copyright GAP Photos (140290)

Plant details

Also confusingly known by various authorities as 'Shimidsu', 'Shimidsu-sakura', 'Okumiyaku' and 'Longipes', this is a late-flowering Japanese cherry. Its pink buds open in April and then last well into May, when the branches are wreathed with large, long-stalked clusters of pendent white flowers, fully double and frilled, and quite breathtaking among the young pale green leaves. It is one of the loveliest varieties and easy to fit into smaller gardens until mature, when the spreading growth can be pruned in late summer, allowing time for wounds to heal before leaf fall. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Cultivar: Shogetsu

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 500cm

Spread: 800cm

Flowering period: April to May

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