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Prunus 'Umineko' (Japanese Flowering Cherry)

Japanese Flowering Cherry 'Umineko', Cherry 'Umineko'


Prunus 'Umineko' is a small, upright deciduous tree boasting profuse, single, pure white flowers, 1.5 in. across (4 cm), hugging closely the branches in mid spring. The flowers have large petals and showy pink stamens which become more conspicuous as the flowers age. Emerging pale green during the flowering, the leaves turn dark green before warming up to brilliant red and orange in fall. A compact and attractive spring flowering small tree that is tolerant of urban pollution.

'Umineko' means 'Sea Gull' in Japanese. This cultivar resembles 'Snow Goose' as it shares the same parents, Prunus incisa (Fuji cherry) and Prunus serrulata var. speciosa (Yoshima cherry).

  • Typically grows with a columnar habit to 30 ft. in height (9 m) and 12 ft. wide (4 m).
  • Performs best in full sun in moist, relatively fertile, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect choice as single specimen plants, 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 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)
Fall
Height 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Spread 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
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, Small Gardens
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 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)
Fall
Height 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Spread 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
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, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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