- Flowering month: April
- Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
- Flower colour: White
- Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
- Growth habit: Upright-spreading
Prunus serrula is often known as the Birch Bark Cherry on account of its distinctive glossy brown striated bark, which peels away to reveal lower layers underneath.
This gives the tree a uniquely attractive appearance year-round.
The small flowers are a plain white colour, usually blooming in April.
The green leaves turn yellow in the autumn.
Prunus serrula trees for sale
1-year Prunus serrula tree - bare root
2-year Prunus serrula tree - in a 7L pot
2-year Prunus serrula tree - in a 12L pot
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.
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
Prunus serrula is a medium-sized flowering cherry tree species, which can be grown in most situations.
Prunus serrula characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive flowers Attractive bark
- Height 10 years:
2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
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Single flower (5-8 petals)
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RHS Award of Merit
One of the best forms of Prunus serrula, grown for its beautiful peeling brown bark.
Prunus himilaicaPrunus himilaica
A flowering cherry, but grown primarily for the stunning copper striped bark.
Prunus rufaPrunus rufa
This is the Himalayan cherry, notable for its attractive exfoliating bark, and hairy young shoots.
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.