Prunus Shogetsu - Blushing Bride

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  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Double flower (25-50 petals)
  • Flower size: Large
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow / Crimson

Prunus Shogetsu, also known as Blushing Bride or Oku-miyako, is a popular Japanese flowering cherry.

The main attraction is the cascading clusters of blossom hanging on long stalks. The large double flowers are tinged with pink, but open to a pure white.

Shogetsu flowers quite late, starting in May in most areas. The leaves appear at the same time as the flowers, and are initially a light bronze-green colour.

In autumn the leaves take on orange tints, although this is somewhat weather dependent - it is more likely when autumn is sunny but with cold nights.

The tree develops an impressive presence as it grows, taking on an increasingly spreading habit - a mature tree is likely to be considerably wider than it is high, eventually taking on a parasol-like appearance. It is one of the best flowering cherries for winter form.

As with many flowering cherries of Japanese origins, Shogetsu's history is littered with mis-identifications and multiple names (including Blushing Bride and Oku Miyako). Even the famous English enthusiast of the 1920s, Collingwood Ingram, came unstuck with this variety. However the confusion was eventually resolved and Shogetsu has become one of the most widely-admired of the white-blossom Japanese flowering cherries.

Shogetsu - Blushing Bride trees for sale

Height in 10 years
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1-year Shogetsu - Blushing Bride tree - bare root
3m-5m tall after 10 years
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2-year Shogetsu - Blushing Bride tree - in a 12L pot
3m-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 Shogetsu (top-worked)Prunus Shogetsu (top-worked)

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

Shogetsu does best in a sheltered location in well-drained soil. Avoid windy sites if possible.

Shogetsu - Blushing Bride characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive tree / plant Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Useful for: Specimen planting
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flowering season: Late
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Double flower (25-50 petals)
  • Flower size: Large
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Light copper
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow / Crimson
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Similar varieties

  • See also Pink Perfection
    Pink Perfection
    The definitive pink blossom tree, offers a long-lasting display of pink double flowers.

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.

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