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Prunus × subhirtella 'Autumnalis' (Higan Cherry)

Higan Cherry 'Autumnalis', Rosebud Cherry 'Autumnalis', Winter Cherry 'Autumnalis', Winter-Flowering Cherry 'Autumnalis', Prunus 'Autumnalis Alba'


Elegant in all seasons, Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis' (Rosebud Cherry) is a small, spreading deciduous tree with many ornamental qualities. Blooming in flushes over an incredibly long season extending from late fall to early spring, this Cherry Tree produces masses of delicate and charming clusters of semi-double, pale pink to white flowers, 1/2 in. wide (1.5 cm). They are followed by a profusion of pea-sized black fruits which ripen in late summer and attract hungry birds. Bronze tinted as they emerge in spring, the lanceolate, sharply toothed, green leaves form a light canopy that casts light shade below. In fall, they warm up to orange and yellow before shedding to the ground.

Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis' is a graceful ornamental tree with an upright-spreading to rounded habit, which is longer-lived than many of the Japanese ornamental cherries.

  • Typically reaches 20-30 ft. in height and spread (6-9 m).
  • Performs best in full sun in moist, relatively fertilewell-drained soils. Tolerates summer heat and winter cold better than most flowering cherries.
  • Perfect choice as single specimen plant, mixed borders, lawns.
  • Prune in midsummer if silver leaf is a problem
  • Watch for caterpillars, leaf-mining moths, bullfinches, silver leaf, bacterial canker and blossom wilt.
  • Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 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 (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 15' – 30' (4.5m – 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, Prairie and Meadow, 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
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 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 (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 15' – 30' (4.5m – 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, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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