Prunus x yedoensis

  • Flowering month: March
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower size: Large
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading

Prunus x yedoensis is a species of flowering cherry widely grown in Japan, and often known as the Yoshino cherry. Its wide-spreading habit and elegant simple white flowers on bare branches seem to evoke the essence of spring in Japan.

The blossom has a characteristic almond-like scent. The single flowers have white petals, sometimes with a slight pink tinge, and prominent centres. Although not as gaudy as the semi-double and double flowered cherries, the effect of such a mass or white flowers on a mature tree is quite striking.

Prunus x yedoensis is a hybrid flowering cherry species, possibly related to Prunus serrulata or Prunus speciosa and Prunus subhirtella. It has many names, including Yoshino Cherry and Somei-Yoshino.

It was introduced to Europe and the USA in the early 20th century and is widely grown. In 1912 two thousand cherry trees were presented to the city of Washington as a gift from the Mayor of Tokyo, of which a large proportion were Yoshino cherry trees. As a result cherry blossom is a particular feature of spring in Washington DC - more details can be found in this article on the National Park Service website.

The species has a great natural variability, and there are several popular cultivars, including weeping forms.

Prunus x yedoensis trees for sale

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1-year Prunus x yedoensis tree - bare root
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£24.95
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2-year Prunus x yedoensis tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£45.95
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Prunus x yedoensis characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Average

Identification

  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Flowering month: March
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Large
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Green
  • Fruit colour: Black
  • Fruit size: Very small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Snow Goose
    Prunus incisa x speciosa
    Snow Goose
    A small upright flowering cherry tree with particularly large single white flowers.
  • See also Weeping Yoshino
    Prunus x yedoensis pendula
    Weeping Yoshino
    A weeping form of the traditional Japanese Yoshino flowing cherry.

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.