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Kiku-shidare-zakura ornamental cherry trees

Prunus
  • Best seller
  • Flowering month: April
  • Blossom colour: Pink
  • Awards: RHS AGM (former) 1993
  • Awards: RHS AM 1915
This is the classic Japanese weeping pink cherry blossom tree (sometimes known as Cheal's Weeping Cherry).

Kiku-shidare-zakura ornamental cherry trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year 12L pot-grown tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £71.50
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £46.50
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Kiku-Shidare-Zakura is one of the prettiest of the weeping Japanese flowering cherry trees, and is well-suited to the UK climate.

The flowers are an intense deep pink colour, and borne in great profusion. Kiku-Shidare-Zakura flowers typically have far more petals per flower than the 25-50 of the more common "double" flowered varieties. The Japanese word "kiku" means "chrysanthemum", and is often used to denote a variety which has the potential for more than a hundred petals per flower. It is this mass of petals which gives the blossom of Kiku-Shidare-Zakura such vibrancy and impact.

The tree remains compact, making it a good choice for planting in a small lawn or front garden.

If you are looking for a classic pink weeping blossom tree, this is a good choice.

How to grow

The key to the intense blossom colour is the number of petals in each flower. This can vary considerably, and is strongly influenced by the local climate and soil conditions - so although this variety will grow in most situations, it is definitely worth finding a sheltered sunny spot with good soil to get the most intense blossom.

You do not need to do anything to encourage the weeping habit - it will happen quite naturally as the tree grows.

It is generally best to tie the leader to a tall bamboo cane for the first few years. In the case of 2-year pot-grown examples you can cut back the tip by 3-5cm after planting, this will encourage more shoots to develop.

You can also progressively clear the lower stem of branches, to help show off the weeping habit - if you decided to this it is best in late spring, removing a few each year (not all at once).

As with many weeping ornamental trees, the pendulous effect is enhanced when the tree is "top-worked" or grafted high on a length of clear stem.

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History

Kiku-Shidare-Zakura is frequently confused with Cheal's Weeping Cherry which was developed in the UK in the early 20th century. Although closely related, they are not the same. We sell the original Japanese form which has a slightly less exaggerated weeping habit, and more profuse blossom.

Kiku-shidare-zakura characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originJapan
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Blossom colourPink
  • AwardsRHS AMRHS AGM (former)