Prunus serrula

Prunus serrula bark
  • 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 is also known as the Tibetan cherry, reflecting its origins in western China and central Asia.

Prunus serrula trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Prunus serrula tree - bare root
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
Out of stock
2-year Prunus serrula tree - in a 7L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
Out of stock
2-year Prunus serrula tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
Out of stock

Tell me when this item is back in stock

We might have more in stock later in the season or next season. Click here to go on our waiting list.

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 Serrula

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
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Useful for: Open spaces
  • Disease resistance: Good


  • Country of origin: China
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flowering season: Mid-season
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Merit

Similar varieties

  • Prunus serrula
    One of the best forms of Prunus serrula, grown for its beautiful peeling brown bark.
  • See also Prunus himilaica
    Prunus himilaica
    Prunus himilaica
    A flowering cherry, but grown primarily for the stunning copper striped bark.
  • See also Prunus rufa
    Prunus rufa
    Prunus 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.