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Shirotae

Prunus Shirotae blossom

Shirotae, also known as the Mount Fuji cherry, is one of the most beautiful of the white-flowered Japanes cherries. The pure whiteness of the mass of blossom contrasts nicely with the unusually dark bark.

The Japanese word "shirotae" describes the dazzling whiteness of snow, and the blossom of Shirotae does indeed have the same intense whiteness. The edges of the petals are also ruffled or feathered, a distinctive characteristic of this variety.

The flowers on mature trees are generally semi-double (having 10-20 petals), quite large, and often have a scent of almonds.

As a further benefit, the green leaves turn golden in the autumn.

Prunus serrulata

Shirotae japanese flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £24.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £45.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).

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You can pre-order now for delivery when the new season starts. You won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.


How to grow

Shirotae grows with a wide spreading habit, and the top of the tree is often flat. It looks particularly attractive when planted as a specimen tree, set apart from other trees, or against a backdrop of taller trees.

History

Shirotae is a form of the Japanese mountain cherry Prunus serrulata, and arose in Japan in the early nineteenth century.

Shirotae characteristics

  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive barkScented flowers
  • Growth habitSpreading
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering seasonMid-season
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Flower formSemi-double flower (10-20 petals)
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Gold
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceLeaves appear first
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Country of originJapan
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

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What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. 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 Shogetsu

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.