Prunus incisa x speciosa Snow Goose

Snow Goose flowering cherry blossom
  • 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

Snow Goose is an attractive flowering cherry tree, characterised by its particularly large single white flowers, which appear ahead of the leaves.

The green leaves turn orange in the autumn.

Snow Goose grows with a fairly compact vertical habit, making it a good choice for small gardens. Although not a true fastigiate or columnar tree, its branches rise upwards, taking up little space.

Snow Goose is a cross between Prunus speciosa (the Oshima cherry) and Prunus incisa (the Fuji cherry) and was developed in Holland in the 1970s. It is sometimes confused with Prunus 'Umineko' - a sister variety which shares the same parentage (and looks similar) and was developed by the English enthusiast Collingwood Ingram in the 1920s. Snow Goose can be distinguished by its slightly larger leaves.

The flowers are also somewhat similar to the Yoshino cherry, to which it is related - it too is descended from the Oshima cherry.

Snow Goose trees for sale

Deliveries from week commencing 9th December (where items shown in stock)

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Snow Goose tree - bare root
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
Out of stock
2-year Snow Goose 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 Snow Goose 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).

How to grow

Like most forms of Prunus incisa, Snow Goose is well-suited to growing in a patio container or planter.

Snow Goose characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Useful for: Patio growing Small spaces
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Beginner


  • Country of origin: Netherlands
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flowering season: Early
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf/Flower sequence: Leaves and Flowers appear together
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Prunus x yedoensis
    Prunus x yedoensis
    Prunus x yedoensis
    The Yoshino cherry. A graceful flowering cherry with white-pink blossom, which is the national flower of Japan.
  • See also The Bride
    Prunus Beni Higan x Prunus x yedoensis
    The Bride
    A small ornamental cherry with large single white flowers.

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.