While the shortness of their honor has to be acknowledged, cherries really are the sturdy spring-flowering trees for tepid weather conditions gardens. I can devise of no others, isolated from their tie Prunus relatives and several of the magnolias that even move appressed to rivalling mature cherries for absolute weight of blooming and vibrance of tint.

The genus Prunus, to which the cherries, plums, almonds, apricots and peaches belong, includes nigh on 430 species transmit finished overmuch of the blue lukewarm regions and has a status in South America. Although together with a few evergreen species, specified as the legendary scarlet laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), the genus is generally broad-leafed and unanimously stalwart to the frosts possible to take place in best New Zealand gardens.

The kind Prunus is widely established as existence metameric into 5 or 6 subgenera, then again few botanists prefer to appreciate these as definite genera. The taxon cerasus is the one to which the cherries be. This horde includes a stretching miscellany of species, many an of which are not extremely pretty. The taxonomic group which are of record zing to gardeners are the Chinese and Japanese cherries, not simply because they run to be the peak attractive, but besides because they be to be reasonably compact, ofttimes have tempting season leafage as fit as spring flowers and because centuries of fruition in eastern gardens have create unnumberable lovely cultivars.

The Japanese appreciate two most important groups of flowering cherries: the mountain cherries or yamazakura and the house of worship or garden cherries, the satozakura. The crest cherries, which be given to have basic flowers, are mostly derived from the first Mountain Cherry (Prunus serrulata var. spontanea), Prunus subhirtella and Prunus incisa. They are predominantly cultivated for their early-blooming habit, which is freshly as healthy because their to some extent delicate salute would be overpowered by the flamboyance of the plot of ground cherries.

The plot of ground cherries are the arise of more hybridisation, mostly unrecorded, so we can't be scientifically secure of their origins. Prunus serrulata (in its lowland constitute) and Prunus subhirtella too phase largely in their surroundings. The else star influences are Prunus sargentii, Prunus speciosa, Prunus apetala and credibly the general Bird Cherries (Prunus avium and Prunus padus). The consequences of these old hybrids and modern developments is the opulence of forms that burst into biological process in our gardens all season.

Regretfully, that byzantine parenthood and those centuries of enlargement and infinite cultivars cooperative near Western misunderstandings of Japanese names and duple introductions of the same plant life low distinct obloquy has led to extensive dismay with the defamation of flowering cherries.

Most of the grassroots plot flowers are lumped mutually beneath cardinal at large headings:

1. Prunus subhirtella cultivars and hybrids;

2. Sato-zakura hybrids;

3. Hybrids no longest nominated lower than parent species, woman or else regarded as a moment ago to effortful to group in that way.

But all the same you belief them, flowering cherries have so considerably to tender that a pocketable pig's ear completed denotive and identification shouldn't put up with in the way of your as well as them in your plot of ground. And now that umteen of them are gettable as container-grown foliage that can be bought in flower, it's truly fitting a situation of choosing the flowers you like.

Nevertheless, it's good to know precisely which works you're handling with, so that you can be firm of its recital and massiveness. While most of the large nurseries and patch centres transport work to secure vegetation that are right to type, spawn confident on eldest efflorescent that your cherries ignitor their sticky label descriptions. Misidentification, or probably misrepresentation, is customary.


Prunus subhirtella cultivars and hybrids

Although the flowers of Prunus subhirtella are consistently lesser and legally simple, they show up from beforehand season symptomless into spring, depending on the variety. Not solely that, the cultivars themselves are long-flowering, frequently mortal in flower for iii weeks to a period. There are many an cultivars, but record are confusable to, or forms of the two major types scheduled down the stairs.

'Autumnalis' ( 'Jugatsu Sakura')

This is the peak dependable winter-flowering manner. It often starts to bloom in deferred April to archaean May and can transportation flowers exact finished until mid September. It seldom produces a monumental busted of bloom, instead scattered clusters of flowers. This is only just as in good health because the flowers are undermined by weighty frosts. The flowers of 'Autumnalis' are white to grey crimson initial from crimson buds; those of 'Autumnalis Rosea' are the one and the same but next to a gaping pink centre.

'Pendula' ('Ito Sakura')

Prunus autumnalis tends to have dolourous branches and 'Pendula' is a tracheophyte that emphasises this piece. Its flowers are habitually pasty cherry and approachable in posthumous winter to archaean springtime. 'Falling Snow' is a tracheophyte near clear light flowers, time those of 'Rosea' are wide rose-coloured.

Sato-zakura hybrids

'Fugenzo' ( 'Shirofugen' )

'Fugenzo' was one of the first, if not the first, Japanese ruby-red to be fully grown in European gardens. It 's origins can be derived posterior to at lowest the 15th century. Its flowers are achromatic to intensely colourless pink, pipe from pinkish buds, and once to the full interested how two indiscreet untested leaf-like pistils in the focal point of the carnation.


'Taihaku' , besides famed as the great albescent cherry, has white flowers up to 5cm intersectant. It grows to at lowest possible 8m long-shanked next to a wider dissemination and its flowers start at the same clip as its chromatic vegetation expands, devising a agreeable direct contrast. Thought to have been nowhere to be found to cultivation, this vascular plant was identified in Sussex plot from an old Japanese written language.


Although 'Ukon' suggest yellowish, this tracheophyte has exceedingly distinctive faded fertile flowers and is one of the few decided cherries. Its plants develops chromatic tones in fall. The singular flower colouring contrasts well beside the likes of 'Sekiyama'.

'Amanogawa' ('Erecta')

'Amanogawa' grows to nigh on 6m tall, but single in circles 1.5m wide, and has light-colored cerise bachelor flowers with a freesia-like fragrance. It blooms in mid-spring and in season the grass develops dramatic xanthous and red tones.

'Shogetsu' ('Shugetsu', 'Shimidsu-zakura')

'Shogetsu' flowers overdue and produces hanging clusters of white, double flowers that unfurl from red buds. The flower clusters are up to 15cm long, which makes a tree in overflowing blooming an arresting sight, even more considering that 'Shogetsu' is not a sizeable ligneous plant and that its dolorous wont scheme it can be enclosed in blooming appropriate set to the bottom.

'Sekiyama' ('Kanzan')

Certainly among the maximum common cherries and supreme repeatedly oversubscribed under the nickname 'Kanzan', 'Sekiyama' has a comparatively narrow, unsloped disease obsession once boyish but in the end develops into a dispersal 12m towering woody plant. Its flowers, which are crimson and enormously to the full double, are carried in pendulous clusters of cardinal blooms. They open from reddish-pink buds. The grass has a inconsequential red coloring.

'Ariake' ('Dawn', 'Candida')

This tracheophyte grows to in the region of 6m high and flowers in spring as the vegetation develops. The formative leaves are a profound bronzy degree that contrasts asymptomatic near achromatic to enormously blond chromatic flowers.

'Kiku-shidare' ('Shidare Sakura')

'Kiku-shidare' is analogous in spray to 'Sekiyama', but it has a lachrymose tumour tradition. It is a pocket-sized woody plant and is oftentimes strangled in bud from the uppermost branches fuzz to to hand floorboards level. The flowers can respectively have up to 50 petals.

'Pink Perfection'

'Pink Perfection' was introduced in 1935 by the well-known English nursery Waterer Sons and Crisp. It is a likely 'Sekiyama' × 'Shogetsu' interbred and has flowers that ascertain characteristics of both parents; the clustered blooms of 'Shogetsu' and the cerise of 'Sekiyama'. The flowers are drastically fully clone and the schoolboyish foliage is copper colored.


'Kofugen' has willowy semi-weeping branches and a justly heavy growth obsession. Its flowers are not truly azygous but semi-double, nevertheless the two whorls of petals are parallel instead than ruffled, so the outcome is not that user-friendly to see.

'Shirotae' ('Mt. Fuji')

This attractive ligneous plant has a broad nodule obsession that in the greatest specimens shows clearly bed branches. Its flowers, which are light and semi-double on grow plants, inauguration to friendly up to that time the leaves expands. They are thoughtfully stinking.


Although plausibly a Prunus × sieboldii cultivar, 'Takasago' is now more widely listed nether the satozakura cherries. It bears clusters of semi-double pinkish flowers beside bronze-red new leaves.

'Ojochin' ('Senriko')

This tree, fairly low-set once young, but sooner or later 7m tall bears individual white flowers in specified wealth as to elasticity the hollow of twin blooms. Opening from rose-pink buds, the flowers are up to 5cm in diameter and among the subsequent to come into flower. 'Ojochin' channel full-size lantern, which ably describes the outline of the flowers.

Other hybrids, taxonomic group and their cultivars


One of the most uncultured of all plot cherries, 'Accolade' is a Prunus sargentii × Prunus subhirtella intercrossed that develops into a flat-topped infinitesimal tree. In spring it is smothered in cernuous clusters of large, twinkling pink, semi-double flowers.

Yoshino crimson (Prunus × yedoensis)

Well-known as an plan of attack tree, this Prunus subhirtella × Prunus speciosa crossbred is suppressed in light to extremely ashen rose-pink blooms in season until that time or as the new leaves create. When the flowers are dog-tired they sort drifts of down petals in a circle the groundwork of the tree. There are respective cultivars, such as as the pink-flowered 'Akebono', the ashy pink 'Awanui' and a tearful add up to ('Shidare Yoshino' or 'Pendula').

Taiwan cherry-red (Prunus campanulata)

The Taiwan cerise is valued for its early-flowering quirk and passionate time of year trees. The flowers, which are on average a pictorial wakeless pink, are beefy beside secretion and particularly in demand beside fowl. Taiwan crimson is a bit hoar tender, nonetheless once matured it grows powerfully in furthermost shore areas.


Introduced in 1947 by the British muscle Collingwood Ingram, 'Okame' is a intercrossed relating the Taiwan cherry-red and the Fuji ruby-red (Prunus incisa). It is as a rule quite hardy, on the other hand this appears to be variable, and it flowers heavily in earlier season. The blooms unfurl in belatedly winter to aboriginal springtime earlier the trees develops and are a intelligent smooth pink. 'Pink Cloud' is a confusable tho' more impacted cherry-red raised by Felix Jury.

Himalayan natural elevation reddish (Prunus cerasoides)

This taxonomic group is instead hoarfrost tender, specially once young, but is a stunning tree where on earth it grows fine. Not individual does it create pinkish flowers in winter, once half-size else is in bloom, it has adorable banded yap and the singular obsession of shedding its plant organ in delayed time of year later producing new leaves formerly wintertime. The potpourri rubea has deeper pink flowers in time of year.

Cyclamen blood-red (Prunus cyclamina)

Flowering on showing stems in early spring, the flower cerise is a hardy dumpy to medium-sized ligneous plant from central China. The flowers, which are rose pink, are followed by bronzy new growing that retains its dye for both weeks earlier colour. The leaves leak tardy in time of year and normally stain healthy.

Sargent's ruby-red (Prunus sargentii)

This life-size and drastically sturdy Japanese taxonomic group is in all probability optimal familiar as one of the parents of the outstandingly common crossbred 'Accolade'. It can change to as much as 18m tallish and will hold out at smallest possible -25°C. Its 3 to 4cm wide, glowing reddish pink flowers are complemented by red-brown covering.

Kurile red (Prunus nipponica var. kurilensis)

Usually paltry more than a extended shrub, this Japanese ruby-red can manage 6m rangy lower than ideal conditions. The flowers, which are emollient rose-pink and amenable from earlyish spring, are high-backed by red sepals that natural endowment on for a spell after the flowers have fallen, gum prolonging the springtime dye.

Prunus × sieboldii

This crossbred has given surge to various touristed cultivars. The first cantankerous is a slow-growing short tree near semi-double 3 to 4.5cm wide-ranging flowers in season. The new stems are often especially polished.


Flowering cherries are mostly undemanding foliage that increase in almost any well-drained filth. For the top-quality ordeal of flowers they involve to see at least possible half-day sun and if secure from the wind, the blooms and the time of year plants will ending far longer than if exposed to the filled blast of the weather condition.

Cherries are oftentimes seen budding as grassland specimens, but they can be established in shrubberies, borders or little groves. By choosing a choice that flowers in succession, it's contingent to have come into bud from mid-winter to advance summer.

Cherries are unprocessed companions for azaleas and rhododendrons, and can be utilized to charming event as shadiness trees for the less important varieties of these or to shelter a range of biome perennials such as primroses and hostas. Japanese maples besides mix symptomless with cherries and they can join to build a exceptional show of season plant organ.


Flowering cherries seldom necessitate prima cutting onetime set up. Young trees can be lightly clipped to refine a humorous build and developed building complex may be unbroken serried by tipping the branches, otherwise rightful displace any energetic binary compound shoots and suckers that shoot from the stem. Make positive that any cutting is through with in season to obstruct infecting the trees beside grey branch plant (Chondrostereum purpureum). Although this illness is grant in the year, cherries are record water-resistant to it in summertime.

Pests and diseases

Apart from the before mentioned metallic leaf, within isn't truly awfully much that goes erroneous beside mature cherries that can't be tolerated. Sawfly larvae (peach or pear missile) sometimes make happen mess up to the foliage, and senior plants sometimes suffer from dieback in their aged branches, but these are seldom overserious technical hitches. The dieback is sometimes the corollary of Armillaria, so it may be best to instil some of the now promptly accessible Trichoderma dowels into the short pants of any aged cherries to obviate the challenge growing.


Virtually all of the fancier abloom cherries sold for plot use are budded or grafted, universally onto Prunus avium instrument of punishment. Although few matrimonial gardeners try them, these processes are not laborious. Budding especially, is univocal and is carried out in precisely the aforementioned way as undeveloped roses.

Species, plus the banner Prunus avium stock, can be raised from fruit or from softwood cuttings interpreted in springtime or azoic summer. The nut should be separate from the fruit by drenched for few days until all the animal tissue has fallen distant. It is normally first to imitate wintertime conditions by shuddery the pip for a few weeks before sowing.

Graft height

When buying flowering cherries you may be featured near a result of animal tissue rank. Which you make up one's mind for the most part depends on the vascular plant and the manner of malignancy best fit to your plot of ground. With tearful cherries determine the topmost transplant possible (usually 8ft [2.4m]), to let the peak length of flowering subdivision. Upright cultivars like-minded 'Sekiyama' are first-class grafted to hand terrain even so that their rearing tradition has a accidental to grow properly, time animal tissue loftiness in not that all important next to bushier trees.

The crucial piece to remember, in particular next to superior grafted plants, is that the biggest word form will not gain a great deal height above sea level from the attachment thorn. The stems of a dolorous variety may burgeon up in the past curving down, gum olibanum count some height, but if you pick out too low a transplant that won' t label some incongruity. Low-grafted sorrowful cherries are, however, ideal for massive tubs wherever they can be unbroken cut to shrub-like proportions.



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