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A picture of a Japanese Cherry

Japanese Cherry

Prunus serrulata

Also known as

Hill Cherry, East Asian Cherry, Oriental Cherry, Japanese Flowering Cherry, Cherry

- Prunus serrulata 02 - by Nino Barbieri (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

7m

8m

Min

8m

20 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Japanese Cherry

A close up of some pink Prunus serrulata flowers
A close up of some white Prunus serrulata flowers
Some white Prunus serrulata flowers on a tree

Japanese Cherry Overview

Prunus serrulata is a small decidous tree species in the rose family, Rosaceae. It has smooth, chestnut-brown bark with distinguished, horizontal slits. Foliage is alternately arranged and oval to lance-shaped with serrated edges, leaves typically measure between 5-13cm in length and 2.5-6.5cm in width. This species displays attractive autumn colouration, with foliage turning various shades of red, orange and yellow. Blooms are white-pink in colour and borne in clusters of between 2-5 flowers, these appear in the spring with new foliage. Flowers lead onto black drupe fruits between 0.8-1cm in width.

Common problems with Japanese Cherry

How to propagate Japanese Cherry

Budding

Chip budding.

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings may be taken in early summer, the addition of bottom heat can improve rooting.

Grafting

Seed

Special features of Japanese Cherry

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Other uses of Japanese Cherry

Specimen