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Prunus 'Kiku-Shidare-Zakura' (Japanese Flowering Cherry)

Japanese Flowering Cherry 'Kiku-shidare-zakura', Prunus 'Kiku-shidare', Weeping Oriental Cherry, Cheal's Weeping, Prunus chealii pendula


A favorite of many gardens, Prunus 'Kiku-Shidare-Zakura' is a small deciduous tree with gracefully arching branches, smothered with charming, fully double, rich pink flowers in mid to late spring. The abundant blossoms, 1.5 in. across (3.5 cm), are packed with up to 125 elliptic petals (!), giving them the look of a powder puff. Held in clusters or 3-5 blossoms along the bare pendulous branches, they create a terrific floral display. Bronze as they emerge, the serrate leaves mature to bright green in summer, forming a dense canopy casting shade below. As the leaves fall, they reveal the shiny, peeling coppery bark of the trunk, adding winter interest to the landscape. A miniature chrysanthemum-flowered variety of cherry tree that is splendid as a lawn specimen.

'Kiku-shidare-sakura' means 'Weeping Chrysanthemum Cherry' in Japanese. This old Japanese cultivar is known since the end of the 19th century

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Typically reaches 10-15 ft. in height and spread (3-5 m).
  • Performs best in full sun or light shade in moist, fertile, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect choice as single specimen plants, lawns.
  • Susceptible to a large number of insect and disease pests.
  • Prune in midsummer if silver leaf is an issue
  • Propagate by chip budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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