Japanese flowering cherry
- Position: full sun
- Soil: tolerates most soils
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March to April
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: late flowerer
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Pink buds cover the branches in spring, opening up into fragrant, large double white blooms which fade to pink with age. The young bronze foliage turns dark green in summer then copper red in autumn. The attractive spreading habit and umbrella-like canopy make this a popular Japanese cherry for medium sized gardens.
- 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.
Early-summer- flowering shrubs can be pruned this month to keep them vigorous and flowering well. It is also the ideal time to prune several trees that are prone to bleeding if pruned at other times, and it’s not too late...Read full article