Prunus serrulata Shirotae
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.
Shirotae is a form of the Japanese mountain cherry Prunus serrulata, and arose in Japan in the early nineteenth century.
Shirotae trees for sale
1-year Shirotae tree - bare root
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2-year Shirotae tree - in a 12L pot
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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.
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
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.
- Attractive features:
Attractive flowers Attractive bark Scented flowers
- Height 10 years:
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit:
- Growth rate:
- Useful for:
Open spaces Specimen planting
- Blossom duration:
Average (2-3 weeks)
- Hardiness rating (RHS):
H6 (to -20C)
- Disease resistance:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Country of origin:
- Flowering month:
- Flowering season:
- Flower colour:
- Flower form:
Semi-double flower (10-20 petals)
- Leaf/Flower sequence:
Leaves appear first
- Leaf colour:
- Leaf colour - young:
- Leaf colour - autumn:
Orange / Gold
- Annual cycle:
RHS Award of Garden Merit
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.