A picture of a Kurile cherry 'Brilliant'

Kurile cherry 'Brilliant'

Prunus nipponica var. kurilensis 'Brilliant'

Photo by AlanGardenMaster (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

2.5m

2.5m

Min

1.5m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Kurile cherry 'Brilliant' Overview

Prunus nipponica var. kurilensis 'Brilliant' is a large shrub or small tree that has a bushy and upright habit. In mid spring ti produces single white flowers on it's bare branches before the leaves appear. This plants foliage appears with a red bronze colour which deepens into green as the leaves mature, before turning a fiery red in autumn.

Common problems with Kurile cherry 'Brilliant'

Can be attacked by leaf mining moths and caterpillars as well as suffer from bacterial canker.

How to propagate Kurile cherry 'Brilliant'

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings taken in summer can be successful if they are provided with bottom heat.

Budding

Chip buds in root stock

Grafting

Graft scions onto rooting stock.

Special features of Kurile cherry 'Brilliant'

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Kurile cherry 'Brilliant'

This tree suits being planted as architectural interest in smaller gardens, as it can be grown in large containers as a younger plant.