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A picture of a Tibetan Cherry

Tibetan Cherry

Prunus serrula

Also known as

Birch-Bark Tree, Ornamental Cherry, Birchbark Cherry

Prunus-serrula by Sten Porse (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

8m

Min

8m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images

Birch bark cherry Prunus serrula at Boreham, Essex, England
Châlons - petit jard (8)
Prunus serrulata 2005 spring 006
Prunus serrulata 2005 spring 012

Overview

Also known as Tibetan cherry, Prunus serrula is a deciduous tree with attractive ornamental bark and foliage. Leaves are thin and the bark is coloured copper-brown, with a glossy finish. Flowers are arranged in small clusters, they are 5-petalled and white, with long, orange-yellow tipped anthers.

Common problems

Can also be affected by leaf-mining moths, bullfinches, bacterial canker and blossom wilt.

Propagation

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings taken in early summer, bottom heat is advised for good root development.

Grafting

Budding

Chip-budding

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Attractive leaves and ornamental bark.