Prunus ‘Shirotae’ – The Mount Fuji Cherry is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and a good choice for smaller urban gardens. The fragrant white semi-double blossoms (about 2″ wide) are borne in abundance in spring. ‘Shirotae’ has green foliage that emerges with a bronze tint and takes on orange to red autumn tones. Grows 15-20′ high by 20-25′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Prunus serrulata ‘Kiku-shidare-zakura’ – Cheal’s Weeping Cherry is a useful small flowering tree for island beds in the front lawn. It bears double blooms of bright pink from April to May, with the new foliage emerging bronze and shifting to yellow, orange and red in fall. ‘Kiku-shidare-zakura’ is usually topgrafted to accommodate the weeping habit. Grows 10-15′ high. Zone 5.
Prunus serrulata ‘Tai-haku’ (syn. ‘Taihaku’) – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner is commonly referred to as the Great White Cherry (or Hill Cherry) – a reference to the abundant 2″ wide pure white single blossoms in April. The new foliage is a coppery-bronze shifting to green, turning yellow to orange in autumn. Spreading growth habit. Grows 25′ high by 30′ wide. Zone 6.
Prunus x subhirtella ‘Pendula Plena Rosea’ – This cross of Prunus incisa and P. pendula is commonly known as the Weeping Higan or Rosebud Cherry. These are usually topgrafted to a stem and bear cascading branches of double pink flowers (from April to May) that fade as they mature. Expect autumn foliage tones of clear yellow. Grows 15 to 20′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Prunus ‘Ukon’ (syn. Prunus serrulata f. grandiflora, ‘Mangetsu’) – An unusual flowering cherry with clusters of semi-double yellowish-white blossoms that emerge from pink buds from April to May. The new foliage opens bronze-tinted, matures to green and often takes on vibrant reddish-purple autumn hues. Best in part to full sun. Grows 25′ high by 30′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.