Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moist, well-drained fertile soil
- Rate of growth: slow growing
- Flowering period: March to April
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This is a pretty, delicate-looking, deciduous shrub with wiry twigs that burst into life in late winter and early spring when the crimson buds open to display pale pink flowers. The young leaves are long and pale green, growing darker with age, and turning glorious shades of red and orange in autumn. It has compact, rounded shape and a gently spreading habit, which makes it an excellent shrub for small gardens, or for a Japanese-style garden.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Lightly prune in summer to retain the shape and cut back any dead, diseased or branches which cross to healthy wood.
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Q:Are the berries on the 'kojo no mai' cherry poisonous? We have two small children and its' shrubby growing nature would make this a concern.
ThanksAsked on 6/1/2013 by switzy2010 from Somerset
I have checked all my books and cannot find any reference to these fruits being poisonous, however I would encourage children not to eat anything from the garden without parental supervision.Answered on 6/3/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Hello - I had a prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' in a pot for several years where it appeared to be doing quite well. It was underplanted with some dwarf daffodils and a cranesbill phaeum. One year it bloomed unbelievably well, then promptly died. Could you shed some light on why it died? The year before I replanted it back in the same pot but cut back the roots a bit and added more John Innes compost.
My garden is a small London garden, with good sun in the summer and very little in the winter.
Thanks!Asked on 2/8/2013 by Louise from London
It is difficult to say why a plant dies without seeing it, but the most likely causes for a pot-grown plant would be drought, waterlogging or overcrowding.
I'm really sorry not to be more help,Answered on 2/11/2013 by Anonymous
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 7/15/2009 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 7/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:My cherry tree is covered in lichen
I have a dwarf ornamental cherry, which has been happily growning in a container for the last eight years. It seems however to be getting more and more covered in lichen each year. Is this potentially a problem and or is there anything I can do?Asked on 3/5/2005 by Mrs Susan Bennett
A:Lichen will only grow in cool, damp locations, so if your tree is in a shady spot then the only way to prevent this growth is to move the tree to a sunnier spot. Lichen however won't damage the plant, so if you can put up with it then I would leave the tree as it is.Answered on 3/9/2005 by Crocus
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