Kojo-no-mai is an excellent example of the species Prunus incisa, also known as the Fuji Cherry, since this species is found growing wild on the slopes of Mount Fuji in Japan.
Like all members of this species, it is a small, dense, shrub-like tree with small serrated leaves (hence "incisa"), and therefore ideal for bringing spring colour to the small town garden. It is likely to reach a mature height of 1.5m.
The small single white flowers appear in late March, and are borne in great profusion.
In late autumn the leaves turn orange and dark red, providing additional interest.
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As might be expected from its origins, Kojo-no-mai is a tough and hardy tree.
Like most forms of Prunus incisa, Kojo-no-mai is well-suited to growing in a patio container or planter. It is also quite happy to grow in partial shade.
It can be pruned hard after flowering to encourage growth and more prolific flowering the following year. However it is equally successful if left unpruned, and being also naturally slow-growing makes a good choice for the "no-maintenance" garden.
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