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Kiku-Shidare-Zakura is one of the prettiest of the weeping Japanese flowering cherry trees, and is well-suited to the UK climate.

The flowers are an intense deep pink colour, and borne in great profusion. Kiku-Shidare-Zakura flowers typically have far more petals per flower than the 25-50 of the more common "double" flowered varieties. The Japanese word "kiku" means "chrysanthemum", and is often used to denote a variety which has the potential for more than a hundred petals per flower. It is this mass of petals which gives the blossom of Kiku-Shidare-Zakura such vibrancy and impact.

The tree remains compact, making it a good choice for planting in a small lawn or front garden.

If you are looking for a classic pink weeping blossom tree, this is a good choice.

Kiku-shidare-zakura japanese flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £46.50
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £71.95
    In a 12L pot
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • 3Top-worked pot-grown tree £77.00
    In a 12L pot
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
You can now pre-order for next season.

How to grow

The key to the intense blossom colour is the number of petals in each flower. This can vary considerably, and is strongly influenced by the local climate and soil conditions - so although this variety will grow in most situations, it is definitely worth finding a sheltered sunny spot with good soil to get the most intense blossom.

You do not need to do anything to encourage the weeping habit - it will happen quite naturally as the tree grows.

It is generally best to tie the leader to a tall bamboo cane for the first few years. In the case of 2-year pot-grown examples you can cut back the tip by 3-5cm after planting, this will encourage more shoots to develop.

You can also progressively clear the lower stem of branches, to help show off the weeping habit - if you decided to this it is best in late spring, removing a few each year (not all at once).

As with many weeping ornamental trees, the pendulous effect is enhanced when the tree is "top-worked" or grafted high on a length of clear stem.


Kiku-Shidare-Zakura is frequently confused with Cheal's Weeping Cherry which was developed in the UK in the early 20th century. Although closely related, they are not the same. We sell the original Japanese form which has a slightly less exaggerated weeping habit, and more profuse blossom.

Kiku-shidare-zakura characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • AwardsRHS AM - 1915RHS AGM (former) - 1993
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive tree / plantScented flowers
  • Growth habitWeeping
  • Height after 10 years1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • PruningDo not prune
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Flower colourPink
  • Flower formChrysanthemum flower (100+ petals)
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnMultiple tints
  • Country of originJapan
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • Prunus
    Another chrysanthemum-flowered Japanese flowering cherry, with a compact upright form.

What will it look like?

Illustrative examples of 12L pot-grown trees of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. We try to keep all pot-grown trees down to about 1.5m as supplied, but some may be larger. 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.

Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura flowering cherry tree
Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura flowering cherry tree
Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura top worked 120cm
Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura top worked 120cm

How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We list more than 70 different flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.