Prunus sargentii

Prunus sargentii flowering cherry blossom
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints

Sargent's Cherry (Prunus sargentii) is a classic flowering cherry tree, at home in any situation. It forms a reasonably large tree with a graceful upright-spreading shape, and works equally well when planted as a lone specimen tree in smaller gardens or in a group in larger gardens.

Sargent's Cherry makes a fine sight in early spring, clothed in a mass of large pink single flowers, contrasting with the emerging new leaves. Although ornamental cherry trees are usually chosen for their spring blossom, Sargent's Cherry is equally impressive in the autumn, when the leaves turn an attractive golden red.

Prunus sargentii was first described in the 19th century by American enthusiast Charles Sargent. It is a species of Japanese flowering cherry, originating from high altitudes in the mountains of northern Japan. It is closely related to Prunus serrulata, the Japanese mountain cherry.

Prunus sargentii trees for sale

Deliveries from week commencing 16th December (where items shown in stock)

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Prunus sargentii tree - bare root
3m-5m tall after 10 years
Out of stock
2-year Prunus sargentii tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years

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 Sargentii 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

Prunus sargentii is one of the most cold-hardy of the flowering cherries.

Prunus sargentii characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Useful for: Open spaces
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Beginner


  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flowering season: Early
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • 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

Similar varieties

  • See also Columnaris
    Prunus sargentii
    A more erect form of Sargent's cherry, and with more dramatic autumn colours.
  • See also Jacqueline
    Prunus x sargentii
    Prunus Jacqueline is a new flowering cherry, featuring stunning pink blossom and superb autumn colours.
  • See also Shirotae
    Prunus serrulata
    Another form of Prunus serrulata.

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.