Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura

Kiku-shidare-zakura cherry blossom
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  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Flower form: Chrysanthemum flower (100+ petals)
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Height 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • Growth habit: Weeping
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints

Kiku-Shidare-Zakura is one of the prettiest of the weeping Japanese flowering cherry trees, and is well-suited to the UK climate.

The flowers are an intense deep pink colour, and borne in great profusion. Kiku-Shidare-Zakura flowers typically have far more petals per flower than the 25-50 of the more common "double" flowered varieties. The Japanese word "kiku" means "chrysanthemum", and is often used to denote a variety which has the potential for more than a hundred petals per flower. It is this mass of petals which gives the blossom of Kiku-Shidare-Zakura such vibrancy and impact.

The tree remains compact, making it a good choice for planting in a small lawn or front garden.

If you are looking for a classic pink weeping blossom tree, this is a good choice.

Kiku-Shidare-Zakura is frequently confused with Cheal's Weeping Cherry which was developed in the UK in the early 20th century. Although closely related, they are not the same. We sell the original Japanese form which has a slightly less exaggerated weeping habit, and more profuse blossom.

Kiku-shidare-zakura trees for sale

Height in 10 years
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1-year Kiku-shidare-zakura tree - bare root
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
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2-year Kiku-shidare-zakura tree - in a 12L pot
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
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2-year top-worked (120cm) Kiku-shidare-zakura tree - in a 12L pot
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
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What will it look like?

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

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  • Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura top worked 120cmPrunus Kiku-shidare-zakura top worked 120cm

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

As with many weeping ornamental trees, the pendulous effect is enhanced when the tree is "top-worked" or grafted high on a length of clear stem. Alternatively, you can progressively clear the stem of lower branches over the course of a few years as the tree grows.

The key to the intense blossom colour is the number of petals in each flower. This can vary considerably, and is strongly influenced by the local climate and soil conditions - so although this variety will grow in most situations, it is definitely worth finding a sheltered sunny spot with good soil to get the most intense blossom.

Kiku-shidare-zakura characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive tree / plant Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • Growth habit: Weeping
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Useful for: Small spaces Specimen planting
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Average


  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flowering season: Mid-season
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Flower form: Chrysanthemum flower (100+ petals)
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Light copper
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit RHS Award of Merit


  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

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.