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Shogetsu - Blushing Bride ornamental cherry trees

Prunus
Shogetsu - Blushing Bride has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Best seller
  • Flowering month: May
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Awards: RHS AGM (current) 1993
One of the loveliest of the white-blossom Japanese flowering cherries.

Shogetsu - Blushing Bride 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 £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.

Prunus Shogetsu, also known as Blushing Bride or Oku-miyako, is a popular Japanese flowering cherry.

The main attraction is the cascading clusters of blossom hanging on long stalks. The large double flowers are tinged with pink, but open to a pure white.

Shogetsu flowers quite late, starting in May in most areas. The leaves appear at the same time as the flowers, and are initially a light bronze-green colour.

In autumn the leaves take on orange tints, although this is somewhat weather dependent - it is more likely when autumn is sunny but with cold nights.

The tree develops an impressive presence as it grows, taking on an increasingly spreading habit - a mature tree is likely to be considerably wider than it is high, eventually taking on a parasol-like appearance. It is one of the best flowering cherries for winter form.

How to grow

Shogetsu does best in a sheltered location in well-drained soil. Avoid windy sites if possible.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

As with many flowering cherries of Japanese origins, Shogetsu's history is littered with mis-identifications and multiple names (including Blushing Bride and Oku Miyako). Even the famous English enthusiast of the 1920s, Collingwood Ingram, came unstuck with this variety. However the confusion was eventually resolved and Shogetsu has become one of the most widely-admired of the white-blossom Japanese flowering cherries.

Shogetsu - Blushing Bride characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner

Identification

  • Country of originJapan
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flowering monthMay
  • Blossom colourWhite
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current)