Prunus serrula

birch bark cherry

10 lt pot (1.5-1.8m)
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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: tolerates most soils
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This tree has something to offer throughout the year. Its polished mahogany coloured bark, which peels away in bands with age, is especially valuable in winter, when it will add a splash of much-needed colour to the garden. In spring, it has bowl-shaped white flowers, which appear just as the leaves are starting to emerge, and these are followed by small cherry-like fruit. Finally, as the autumn progresses, the normally green leaves take on rich buttery tones before they drop.

  • Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Prune in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker. Cut back any dead, diseased or branches which cross to healthy wood.

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  • Q:

    Hello, I'm thinking of planting a Prunus serrula on a small border in the middle of my driveway. I've read elsewhere that they have shallow roots and I'm a little concerned the tree wont hold up to the compaction of cars. Can you offer any advice with regards to this point please?
    Thank you
    Asked on 10/2/2017 by Juspen from Essex

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    • Plant Doctor



      I would not really recommend this for the middle of your driveway, as once established, the roots are likely to buckle your driveway in time. It is also worth keeping in mind that it is not only the trees roots you have to contend with, but the trees branches too, which may get in the way of the cars.

      Answered on 13/2/2017 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    Is the Prunus serrula supplied as a multistemmed tree rather than a single stem?
    Asked on 24/4/2016 by ladyG from oxford

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor



      These are sold as single-stemmed trees.

      Answered on 25/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:


    Can I grow Prunus serrula in a large pot?

    If not, could you recommend other small trees that have different season interest that can be grown in large pots?

    Thank you
    Asked on 17/4/2013 by Auntie S from London

    1 answer

  • 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, Scott
    Asked on 30/6/2009 by Scott Gilmour

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    • 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. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 4/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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