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Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Pendulous/Weeping

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring

Foliage

Bronze and Green in Spring
Green in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

cherry 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'

Family

Rosaceae


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

'Kiku-shidare-zakura' is a small deciduous tree, the branches arching from the trunk. Leaves bronze when young, later glossy green. Flowers fully double, rich pink, to 3.5cm wide, in late spring

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Prune in mid-summer if silver leaf is a problem

Pests

May get caterpillars, leaf-mining moths and bullfinches

Diseases

May be affected by silver leaf, bacterial canker and blossom wilt