Prunus 'Hilling's Weeping'
weeping Fuji cherry (syn. 'Snow Showers')
- Position: full sun
- Soil: tolerates most soils
- Rate of growth: average, can prune hard.
- Flowering period: March/April
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: good autumn leaf colours
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A beautiful weeping tree that is ideal for the smallest gardens and will thrive in large tubs. Its long, weeping branches are smothered in pure white flowers in March and April and create a cascade effect. The flowers are produced on the current year's growth, so the branches can be pruned hard each year after flowering if required. The leaves are small, mid-green, and turn lush shades of burgundy and red in autumn.
This is a top-grafted plant, so it has a nice and bushy crown. This grafting process also helps keep the plant compact.
- Garden care: When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. If potting up use John Innes No3 compost and make sure it is kept well watered during warm weather. Any necessary pruning should be done in summer to reduce the risk of bacterial canker canker.
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Comments about Crocus Prunus'Hillings Weeping':
Our tree is almost five years old .It stands close to the path in our tiny front garden which is the first of four in a long inner city road. The tree gives much pleasure to everyone who passes it. It's name, Hillings weeping, is often asked and we are glad to tell people that it owes nothing to our skill as gardeners, it's just perfect in itself.
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Q:Small potted Cherry blossom tree
Dear plant doctor, My wife loves Cherry blossom trees (specifically the white blossoms), but we are unable to plant an actual tree, so I am looking for a potted cherry blossom that will have an eventual maximum height of 1.8m. Your colleague told me that the Prunus Shirotae will continue to grow and need to be re-potted, which made it unsuitable. My question is this: "are there any cherry blossom trees that can stay potted and have a maximum height (either natural or due to pruning) of 1.8m?" Thanks in advance MarkAsked on 15/7/2009 by Mark Petitt
A:Hello Mark, There are some lovely smaller cherries, which will be happy in large pots as long as they are kept well fed and watered - here are some of the best. Prunus Hillings Weeping http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/prunus-hillings-weeping/classid.2000012093/ Prunus Snow Showers http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-snow-showers/classid.2000018169/ Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/prunus-incisa-kojo-no-mai/classid.4298/ Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ Prunus mume Beni-chidore http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/small-garden-trees/prunus-mume-beni-chidori/classid.2000011175/Answered on 17/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:How do I plant my Cherry blossom tree?
Hi, What is the depth of hole I should dig for the Cherry tree 10L pot please? What type of compost should I use? Should I plant the pot the plant comes in as well or remove it before planting? How often should I be watering this tree if I plant it within the next two weeks? i.e. Ever other day for two weeks, etc. Regards, ScottAsked on 30/6/2009 by Scott Gilmour
A:Hello Scott, You should dig a hole twice as wide and deep as the existing rootball of the plant. You should then dig in lots of composted organic matter (or John Innes No 3 compost) and backfill until the plant will sit (without its pot) at the same soil level as it had in the pot. You can then gently backfill the sides around the rootball and firm it down without compacting it. As for watering, this will depend on a number of factors, but to be sure all you need to do is keep an eye on it and water it when the surrounding soil feels dry. We do have an article on how to plant on our site which you may find useful - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/features/_/artcat.114/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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