Prunus Kursar

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  • Kursar flowering cherry - young leaf colour
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  • Flowering month: March
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading

Kursar is a superb small flowering cherry, featuring an intense display of large single deep-pink blossom, borne on bare branches.

The blossom is quickly followed by young bronze leaves.

It is one of the earliest of the flowering cherries, with the blossom appearing in early March.

The tree grows with a neat tidy habit, and is one of the more cold-hardy flowering cherries.

While spring is the main event, as it is for most flowering cherries, Kursar also offers value in the autumn too. The leaves take on red - gold tints.

Kursar is one of the many flowering cherries developed by Captain Collingwood Ingram, a 20th century English enthusiast who became the leading western authority on the Japanese Flowering Cherries. It is a hybrid of Prunus campanulata (the Formosan cherry) and Prunus nipponica var kurilensis (named with reference to the Kurile islands, lying to the north east of Japan). It inherits many of the characteristics of the Fomosan cherry, notably the small upright form and dark pink blossom - but is much hardier. The name Kursar was invented by Collingwood Ingram, and is a combination of Prunus kurilensis and Prunus sargentii - the two species he originally thought he had crossed when raising it. He later realised his mistake - but kept the name 

Kursar trees for sale

Deliveries from week commencing 28th October 2019 (or December for bare-root).

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Kursar tree - bare root
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
2-year Kursar tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m 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 Collingwood Ingram 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).

Kursar characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Flowering month: March
  • Flowering season: Early
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf/Flower sequence: Leaves appear first
  • Leaf colour: Bronze
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Merit

Similar varieties

  • See also Collingwood Ingram
    Collingwood Ingram
    An outstanding small flowering cherry, with deep pink blossom and attractive autumn colour.

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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