Flowering Cherries / Prunus

Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’ (syn. ‘Kanzan’, ‘Sekiyama’) – This is probably the most popular cultivar of flowering cherry, bearing fragrant double blooms of deep pink from April to May. The new growth is slightly bronzed maturing to green, and shifting to yellow, orange and coppery-red autumn tones. Lifespan 25 years. Strong upright vase shape. Grows 25′ high and wide. Zone 6.

Prunus x yedoensis ‘Akebono’ (syn. ‘Daybreak’, ‘Amerika’) – Introduced by a California nursery in the 1920’s, this flowering cherry features single to semi-double fragrant pale pink blooms that fade to white (with occasional black fruits) from March to April. It has yellow to orange autumn tones. Probably a cross of P. speciosa and P. subhirtella. Grows 25′ high, 25-30′ wide. Z5.

Prunus incisa LITTLE TWIST (syn. ‘Kojou No Mai’) – This cultivar of the Fuji Cherry has a Japanese name that translates as ‘dance of butterflies’. It is a dwarf (usually topgrafted to a standard stem) with contorted or twisted branches and single white flowers with a pink center. Maroon autumn colour. Good for containers and patios. Grows 4-5′ high and wide. Zone 5.

Prunus serrulata ‘Shirofugen’ – The White Goddess Cherry is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and features double white flowers that fade to pink. These emerge the same time as the new foliage (May), which is tinted bronze in spring and matures to a deep green (about 5″ long), shifting to orange in fall. A broad rounded tree. Grows 25′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’ (syn. Prunus subhirtella var.  pendula) – The Weeping Higan Cherry has pendulous branches of single light pink flowers (March-April) held in wispy clusters before the leaves fully emerge. It is usually topgrafted to a 6′ standard stem. A double-flowering form, ‘Flora Plena’ is also available. Variable height of 20-30′. Spread 15-25′. Zone 5.

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