Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura
commonly known as Cheal's Weeping Cherry
or Japanese Weeping Cherry
is a deciduous ornamental Japanese flowering cherry tree with weeping habit. Covered in fully double deepest pink blooms from April to May this tree works really well in small gardens as a specimen tree. Easy to maintain these trees are a stunning addition to any garden but in particular if you have a Japanese style garden
. This small tree which will make a big statement every spring when it blooms!
Native to Japan, Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura was introduced in the UK in 1915, and has been a popular choice for gardeners ever since. In April and May, the branches are loaded with stunning double pink blooms up to 3.5 cm across. The leaves emerge at the same time as the flowers, starting out tinged with bronze, changing to a glossy green through the summer, and then developing an orangey-bronze hue in the autumn. Japanese Weeping Cherry’s weeping branch habit will create winter interest with its graceful form.
Cheal's Weeping Cherry is hardy in all regions of the UK as well as northern Europe, and will reach a height and spread of 2.5 metres in 20 years, with the potential to continue growing to 4 metres in 50 years. Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura will develop its weeping form without pruning, but if it is necessary to remove dead or crossing branches, do so in summer when flowering has finished. If planting more than one, space the trees 6 metres apart.
Plant your Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura in full sun in any exposed or sheltered position, in well-drained soil. Highly tolerant of pollution, Cheal's Weeping Cherry is a great choice for an urban garden.
Japanese Weeping Cherry is an excellent choice for a variety of garden settings. Because of its slow growth, it would be a good specimen for container planting on a rooftop terrace
or balcony. In a small courtyard or patio area, its spring flowering would make a big impact, and its graceful shape and attractive foliage would be a year-round asset. It would be equally effective in the middle of a lawn as a focal point, or tucked into a corner of a city garden. On a larger property, a group of Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura would make a stunning spring show. One specimen planted by a pond or stream would also be a very beautiful accent.Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura is a stand-out specimen tree for gardens small or large, city or country. Its excellent spring show of blooms will make it a garden star!
Other Japanese flowering cherry trees include Prunus Serrulata Nigra