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Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis - Winter Flowering Cherry

Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis is commonly known as the The Winter Flowering Cherry. It is native to Japan and was introduced to the United Kingdom at the beginning of the twentieth century.

It is an elegant small, broad spreading tree with long, oval and sharply toothed leaves.

Unlike spring-flowering cherries, the Autumnalis flowers small, semi-double light pink flowers in flushes which occur randomly along the slender shoots between November and March.

The Autumnalis also offers an impressive autumn leaf colour, of vibrant oranges, red / purple and yellows.

FACT: Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis won the Award of Merit in 1930. It remains a popular tree for bringing some colour to schemes in the winter time. This tree can be planted in parks, gardens and also can tolerate being a street tree.

Plant Profile

Name: Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis

Common Name: Winter Flowering Cherry

Family: Rosaceae

Height: 4-8m

Width: 4-8m

Demands: Full sun in any aspect

Soil: Well drained loam, clay, or sand

Foliage: Deciduous

Flowers: White to whitish pink, semi double, individual flowers.

Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis info sheet

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