Praecox Prunus incisa
Praecox is a good example of the hardy small ornamental cherry species Prunus incisa. It features delicate white flowers on bare branches.
Like many of this species it flowers in the winter, usually January - February, and brings a welcome splash of cheerful blossom at this dull time of the year.
In autumn the leaves take on red and orange hues.
Praecox flowering cherry trees for sale
Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
In a 11.5L pot
Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
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How to grow
You can prune to maintain the shape - after the flowers have finished. Praecox grows slowly, with a spreading habit as it ages.
This is a very hardy species, and can be grown in most situations, but plant in full sun for the best blossom.
The species Prunus incisa is named for its deeply incised leaves. It is also known as the Fuji cherry, since this species is found on the slopes of Mount Fuji.
'Praecox' was developed in the UK, the name means precocious, reflecting its early-flowering period.
- Gardening skillBeginner
- AwardsRHS AGM (former) 1993
- Attractive featuresAttractive flowersWinter colour
- Growth habitSpreading / Flat-topped
- Height after 10 years1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
- SunlightPrefers full sun
- PruningPrune after flowering
- Growth rateSlow
- Site conditionsOccasional drought
- Flower colourWhite
- Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
- Flowering monthFebruary
- Leaf colourGreen
- Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
- Leaf/Flower sequenceFlowers appear first
- Country of originUnited Kingdom
- Annual cycleDeciduous
How to choose a flowering cherry tree
We list more than 70 different flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.