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Shirotae ornamental cherry trees

Prunus
Shirotae has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Best seller
  • Flowering month: April
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Awards: RHS AGM (current) 1993
Prunus Shirotae features large single or semi-double fragrant white flowers, and is perhaps the most beautiful of the white-flowered Japanese cherries.

Shirotae 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
    Large tree (3m-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.

Shirotae, also known as the Mount Fuji cherry, is one of the most beautiful of the white-flowered Japanes cherries. The pure whiteness of the mass of blossom contrasts nicely with the unusually dark bark.

The Japanese word "shirotae" describes the dazzling whiteness of snow, and the blossom of Shirotae does indeed have the same intense whiteness. The edges of the petals are also ruffled or feathered, a distinctive characteristic of this variety.

The flowers on mature trees are generally semi-double (having 10-20 petals), quite large, and often have a scent of almonds.

As a further benefit, the green leaves turn golden in the autumn.

How to grow

Shirotae grows with a wide spreading habit, and the top of the tree is often flat. It looks particularly attractive when planted as a specimen tree, set apart from other trees, or against a backdrop of taller trees.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Shirotae is a form of the Japanese mountain cherry Prunus serrulata, and arose in Japan in the early nineteenth century.

Shirotae characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originJapan
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Blossom colourWhite
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current)