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Prunus serrula (Tibetan Cherry)

Tibetan Cherry, Birch-Bark Tree, Ornamental Cherry, Paperbark Cherry, Cellophane Bark Cherry, Redbark Cherry, Prunus serrula var. tibetica, Prunus tibetica


Noted for its multiseason interest and spectacular mahogany bark, Prunus serrula (Tibetan Cherry) features a most attractive, high-gloss, coppery-brown bark, heavily banded with large, dull lenticels (bumpy lines). Shining like silk, the bark adds a welcomed splash of color in the winter garden. This round-headed small deciduous tree sports an airy canopy of narrow, willow-like, dark green leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm). The foliage warms up to golden-yellow in fall before shedding for the winter. As the foliage emerges in spring, an abundance of tiny white flowers appear in small clusters, before giving way to red berries in fall. Slow-growing, Prunus serrula is best grown as a specimen in a large lawn, where its glowing peeling bark can be admired in winter.

  • Grows up to 20-30 ft. tall and wide (6-9 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils. This cherry tree is tolerant of all soils and situations, making it a great candidate for many gardens.
  • Perfect as specimen plant or in borders, cottage gardens, city gardens and foundation plantings.
  • Low maintenance, this plant needs little pruning. Prune as needed after flowering.
  • May be affected by various insects and diseases such as cankers, leaf spot, die back, leaf curl, powdery mildew, root rot and fireblight, aphids, scale, borers, leafhoppers, caterpillars, tent caterpillars, spider mites and Japanese beetles.
  • Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.
  • Native to Western China and Tibet

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
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 Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
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 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
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 Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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