Prunus Kanzan

  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower form: Double flower (25-50 petals)
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red

Kanzan (or Kwanzan) is one of the classic Japanese flowering cherries - easily recognised by its large size, upright vase-shaped vigorous growth, and the mass of deep pink flowers.

It is probably the most widely-grown ornamental cherry tree in the UK.

Japanese flowering cherries are often categorised by the number of petals which form the flower, and Kanzan is a typical "double-flower", meaning the flowers have between 25-50 petals. The more petals the more intense the blossom will be, and this is perhaps the main reason for Kanzan's popularity - its flowers can have 8-10 times more petals than the simpler single-flowered forms, giving it a much more profuse blossom display.

The new leaves appear at the same time as the blossom, and are initially a coppery bronze colour. They take on orange and red tints in the autumn.

Prunus Kanzan is a traditional Japanese flowering cherry of ancient origin. The Japanese word 'Kanzan' means 'mountain border', suggesting that perhaps these trees were first discovered growing in mountainous areas.

When first brought to the UK this variety was known as Kwanzan, a mis-translation of the original name.

Kanzan trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 8th January - you can always request a Christmas gift certificate to give on the day.

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Kanzan tree - bare root
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£24.95
2-year Kanzan tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£45.95

Prices include VAT if applicable.


What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Prunus Hokusai flowering cherry tree


We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

How to grow

Kanzan is one of the most cold-hardy of the double-flowered cherries.

Kanzan characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flowering season: Mid-season
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Flower form: Double flower (25-50 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Light copper
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit RHS Award of Merit

Similar varieties

  • See also Pink Perfection
    Prunus
    Pink Perfection
    The definitive pink blossom tree, offers a long-lasting display of pink double flowers.
  • See also Royal Burgundy
    Prunus
    Royal Burgundy
    A bronze-leafed form of Prunus Kanzan.

How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We have a very wide range of flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.