Prunus Frilly FrockTM

  • Frilly Frock
  • Frilly Frock in a patio container
  • Frilly Frock autumn leaves
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  • Flowering month: March
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Height 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • Growth habit: Weeping

Frilly Frock is a small flowering cherry tree with a strongly weeping habit - the dense foliage trails to the ground, hiding the stem almost entirely.

An unusual feature of this pretty tree is the variegated leaves, which have a green centres - the effect is not noticeable when the leaves emerge in the spring but becomes more prominent over the summer.

The blossom is pale pink, and borne in profusion. In the autumn the leaves turn orange, red and gold.

In short, Frilly Frock is an excellent choice for the smaller garden if you want a compact weeping tree with spring and autumn interest.

Frilly Frock was discovered and named in 2005 at the Frank P Matthews nursery in the west Midlands. It is a sport (natural bud mutation) of Prunus Snow Showers, distinguished from that variety by its characteristic variegated leaves.

Frilly Frock trees for sale

Deliveries from week commencing 18th November 2019 (or December for bare-root).

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Frilly Frock tree - bare root
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
Out of stock
2-year Frilly Frock tree - in a 12L pot
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
Out of stock
2-year top-worked (90cm) Frilly Frock tree - in a 11.5L pot
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years

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 Frilly Frock top-workedPrunus Frilly Frock 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

Frilly Frock is sometimes classified in the species Prunus incisa, also known as the Fuji Cherry because they are found growing wild on the slopes of the famous Mt. Fuji volcano in Japan.

As you might expect, these small compact trees are very hardy and easy to grow.

They are also well-suited to growing in a patio container or planter. Feed the tree in early spring, and give it a medium-hard prune after flowering to maintain the size (this also helps maintain the variegation).

Frilly Frock characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour Variegated foliage
  • Height 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • Growth habit: Weeping
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Useful for: Patio growing Small spaces
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Flowering month: March April
  • Flowering season: Early
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Kojo-no-mai
    Prunus incisa
    An excellent small compact blossom tree, featuring a mass of small white flowers, and good autumn colours.
  • See also Mikinori
    Prunus incisa
    Mikinori is a classic early-flowering Fuji cherry tree, with red autumn leaf colours.
  • See also Pendula
    Prunus incisa
    A small graceful weeping Fuji cherry, with small single white flowers.
  • Prunus incisa
    A small and hardy winter-flowering cherry, ideal for winter colour and small gardens.
  • See also Snow Goose
    Prunus incisa x speciosa
    Snow Goose
    A small upright flowering cherry tree with particularly large single white flowers.
  • See also Snow Showers
    Snow Showers
    A compact slow-growing flowering cherry, with long weeping branches and a mass of white single 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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