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Kanzan

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.

Kanzan japanese flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £24.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £45.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

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

History

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 characteristics

  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden MeritRHS Award of Merit
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Flower colourPink - dark
  • Flowering seasonMid-season
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Flower formDouble flower (25-50 petals)
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Growth rateFast
  • Country of originJapan
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

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.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Prunus Hokusai flowering cherry tree

How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We list more than 70 different flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.