Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'

12 lt pot (1.5-1.8m) £89.99
Delivered by mid September
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' cheal's weeping cherry: Ideal for a small garden

This tree is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: tolerates most soils
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Weeping branches are covered in pink buds, opening to clusters of double pink flowers in mid- to late spring. Young bronze leaves turn glossy green in summer. This magnificent weeping tree is ideal for a small garden, as a specimen in the lawn or by a stream or pool.

  • 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 crossing branches.

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The tree was delivered, carefully packed. It has always looked healthy and one year on, it's growing well. Sadly the frost prevented any blossom this year, but I don't think that's the tree's fault!

Fossil Betty



Beautiful small tree


Gorgeous small tree, lovely shape. It only went in last year but was smothered in pink blossom. It has survived this awful winter and has started to put on buds so I'm hoping for another good show this year. The leaves turned a lovely autumn colour.





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Hi, could you tell me how far the roots spread out on this tree please? There are 2 manhole covers in my garden so I need to know how far away from those tunnels this would need to be. Thank you.


It will depend on your soil type, however as a very general rule, the roots will spread roughly the same width (or just a little wider) as the crown of the plant.


I have had the Prunus in a pot and it did well for the first two years, but now it has only a few branches on the top. Should I repot in a larger containers/feed it (if so what kind of feed?) _ If I need to repot it, which soil should I use? I would like to buy a similar 'blossom' for my front garden which is rather small-can you please tell me whether these kind of tree have shallow or deep roots? Many thanks in advance.


Hello, It sounds as though the plant would benefit from a larger pot, more fertiliser, and possibly more water - and now is an ideal time to re-pot it. I would use John Innes No2 or 3 compost, which does have enough nutrients for the time being. In spring then, you can start to feed it with a good, general purpose fertiliser - following the manufacturers instructions, and make sure it is kept well watered during the warmer weather. As for the root systems, as a general rule, Prunus tend to have relatively shallow roots.


Hi, I live in Buckinghamshire and have quite a large empty garden and we are looking for some smaller trees to put in it to give a little interest. Are there any that you can recommend that grow around 7 - 8 ft, or can be pruned to keep to that height, but not too wide. The garden is quite open and can be windy and gets the sun all day long. Thanks


Hello, 7 - 8' is really very small for a tree, so your best option may be some shrubs, which tend to be lower growing. Here are some that can cope with exposure and don't mind being cut back if they get too big. Aucuba Elaeagnus Euonymus Red Cascade Berberis darwinii Viburnum tinus French White Salix caprea Kilmarnock


Hello, We have a north facing garden with wet clay soil in Aberdeenshire. Would this tree be suitable and could we keep it pruned to a certain size? I would love a flowering cherry but have a feeling that they aren't suited to what our garden has to offer. Thanks!


Hello, I'm afraid that Prunus generally prefer moist but free-draining soil to perform at their best. For heavy clay soil I would suggest looking for trees such as willow, cornus or poplars - I'm sorry they might not be as exciting as cherry trees! When planting I would advise digging the hole at least 3x the size of the plant and incorporating lots of horticultural grit, composted bark and well-rotted garden compost to help improve the soil and increase drainage. However the best option if you want to include a cherry tree would be if you could create a raised bed incorporating plenty of the materials mentioned above. The best time for any pruning is immediately after flowering in summer to reduce the risk of infection by silver leaf or bacterial canker. Alternatively, you could try growing a small cherry tree in a large pot, such as Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai, Prunus incisa Pendula, Prunus mume Beni-Chidori, or Prunus Hillings Weeping I hope this helps. Sarah.

Specimen plant/tree for centre of lawn Hello, I'm planning on having a specimen plant/tree to go into the centre of the lawn in our garden, but I'm unsure of what the best choice would be. The area isn't very large so ideally I'm looking for something that will not grow very big, no more than 5 feet in height would be ideal. I really like Cherry trees and Magnolias, but I'm unsure if there are any varieties that would be suitable. I would like it to flower, but I don't mind if it is deciduous or evergreen. Also, the position would be in full sun. Any suggestions would be really appreciated, Many thanks, Kindest regards, Nick

Gleaming Gem

Hello Nick, I suspect these might be too big (5' is really extremely small for a tree), but there are a couple of very compact plants that may be suitable. Here are some of the best. Prunus mume Ben-chidori Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura Magnolia stellata Cotoneaster Hybridus Pendulous I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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Suggestions for a Cherry tree, and climber to screen an external boiler please Hi, I wonder if you can suggest some plants for the following situations? We are creating a garden (25ft) that will get good sun until late afternoon, but it is very exposed to winds etc. in the wintertime. I want to put a tree at the end of the garden as a focal point. I love cherry trees, so I was wondering if this might be an option, and if, so which variety do you recommend? Also, we have an external boiler which I want to cover with planting, -needs to be dense through the summer months, can you suggest any climbers/plants to screen it? The space is mainly in shade until late afternoon, North East facing, although against the back of our house so it is sheltered from the wind by a neighbouring hedge. Thanks for your help

Hazel M

Hello Hazel, I think a cherry would be lovely, but you should opt for one of the smaller types so it doesn't take over you whole garden. The best is probably Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura - just click on the following link to go straight to it. As for the boiler, if you opt for any of the group 3 Clematis, then these get cut back hard each year in early spring, so you may be able to peel it off the boiler as it dies down. My favourites are:- C. Alba Luxurians C. Abundance or C. Arabella I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Please can you help with our choice of trees? Dear Plant Doctor We would really like to get a few blossoming trees in pots on our patio. Ideally these trees would be around 6ft high and non-toxic to our cat.. Their position on the patio would be quite sheltered but they would get some sun throughout the course of the day. We were advised a dwarf apple tree would be suitable but hoped you would have some more ideas. Thanks in advance for your help P.s. We were told about your website from a local gardener who recommended it highly.

matthew sissons

Hello There, I do not have a list of plants which are toxic to cats (perhaps your vet could help you with that), but you could consider any of the following plants, which are happy in really large pots as long as you make sure they are kept well fed and watered Acer palmatum Bloodgood Acer shirasawanum 'Jordan' Prunus Snow Showers Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura Pyrus salicifolia Pendula I hope this gives you a few ideas

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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 Mark

Mark Petitt

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 Prunus Snow Showers Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura Prunus mume Beni-chidore

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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

Scott Gilmour

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

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What can I use as a centrepiece in my bed? I'm looking for a small ornamental tree or shrub for a centrepiece, ideally with with flowers or pretty foliage. Can you give me any ideas??

David Poulter

There are some wonderful plants that would be suitable - here are some of my favourites. Prunus Amanogawa Arbutus unedo Malus floribunda Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Betula pendula 'Youngii' Sorbus cashmiriana Amelanchier lamarckii Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' Useful articles:



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