Plants - Trees and Shrubs

The graceful beauty of ornamental cherry trees

Laura Langston
Photography by
Bert Klassen

Though their delicate blooms may be fleeting, the graceful beauty of ornamental cherry trees is delightful year-round.

Early bloomers

higan.jpgAutumn-blooming Higan cherry (P. x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’)
Pinkish white, double flowers sometimes appear in fall and warm winter weather but come on strong in spring. Multiple trunks, upright branches, rounded canopy. Quick grower when young; slows with age. Susceptible to bacterial canker (see next page). Grows approximately 6 m high and 6m wide.

Pink Higan cherry (P. x s. ‘Rosea’)
Masses of single, pink blossoms open from nearly red buds. Wide-spreading, horizontally branching. Grows 7.5 m high by 9 m wide.

P. ‘Hally Jolivette’
Double, white blossoms open from pink buds; relatively long bloom. A hybrid between P. x subhirtella and P. x yedoensis. Dense, shrubby form; makes an ideal addition to shrub borders. Slow grower. Zone 6. Grows between 2.4 to 5 m in height and width.

mount-fuji.jpgP. ‘Mount Fuji’ (syn. ‘Shirotae’)
Semi-double, fragrant blooms are pink in bud, white when fully open. Wide-spreading, low-branching; quick grower. Grows 4.5 m high by 6 m wide.

Weeping Higan cherry (P. x s. ‘Pendula’)
Pale pink, single flowers; striking specimen tree. Graceful branches hang to the ground. Grows 3 to 3.5 m in height and width.

Yoshino flowering cherry (P. x yedoensis)
Abundant single flowers open pale pink and later fade to nearly white. Graceful, arch­ing form. Grows approximately 12 m high by 9 m wide.

akebono-yoshino.jpg‘Akebono’ Yoshino flower­ing cherry (P. x y. ‘Akebono’)
Pale pink flowers; early. Rounded, spreading growth. Quick grower; strong disease resistance. Grows approximately 7.6 m hight by 12 m wide.

Mid-season bloomers

P. ‘Amanogawa’
Single to semi-double fragrant, pink flowers. Tall, pillar-like; excellent choice for small or compact spaces. Grows approximately 6 m high by 2 m wide.

Sargent cherry (P. sargentii)
Clusters of frilly, single, dusky pink flowers; deep bronze-coloured leaves; dark red bark; outstanding fall colour; mid-season. Uright, spreading branches form rounded crown; Zone 4. Grows 7 to 10 m in height and width.

paperbark-cherry.jpgPaperbark cherry (P. serrula)
Small, white flowers almost hidden by new green leaves; good fall colour. Bushy tree with narrow, willow-like leaves. Beautiful, glossy, mahogany bark shows well in winter. Grows to approximately 9 m in height and width.

kanzan.jpgP. serrulata ‘Kanzan’
Showy double, pink flowers over coppery new foliage; good fall colour. Hardy, upright tree; one of the most popular flowering ornamental cherries. Grows between 7.5 to 9 m in height, and 6 m in width.

great-white-cherry.jpgGreat white cherry (P. ‘Taihaku’)
Pure white, single blooms and red new leaves. Vigorous tree with rounded crown; good fall colour. Grows 6 to 7.5 m in height and width.

Late-season bloomers

P. ‘Shirofugen’
Long-lasting, double, white flowers change to pink as they mature. Wide-spreading. Susceptible to bacterial canker (see next page). Grows up to 7.5 m in height and width.

shogetsu.jpgP. ‘Shôgetsu’
Huge bunches of pink-tinted buds open to white, five-centimetre-wide flowers. Low-crowned, flat-topped, spread­ing tree; slow grower. Grows approximately 4.5 m in height, 7.5 m wide.

Cold-weather picks

Prunus ‘Accolade’ Zone 4
‘Mary Liss’ pin cherry (P. pensylvanica ‘Mary Liss’) Zone 2
‘Rancho’ sargent cherry (P. sargentii ‘Rancho’) Zone 4
Nanking cherry (P. tomentosa) Zone 3

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