Prunus – Ornamental Blossom

Common Names: Cherry Blossom, FloweringHello Hello Plants Nursery Campbellfield Melbourne Victoria AustraliaPrunus yoshino cherry blossom in spring pink blossoms
Plum, Ornamental Cherry, Ornamental Plum

Origin: Asia

 

  • Delicate spring blossoms
  • Feature tree
  • Hardy yet elegant

 

The most iconic floral symbol of Japan and its unofficial floral emblem is the Cherry Blossom! The trees bloom for only a few days with people celebrating under them in groups, also known as hanami (cherry blossom or flower viewing) .

 

Cherry blossoms are the first signs of colour in the late winter early spring. The soft, delicate blossoms burst open along the bare branches in colours of white and pink, welcoming the warmer weather of spring! The mass of colour Cherry and Plum blossoms bring make them one of the most coveted garden items, used as feature trees, lining avenues and driveways or as street trees. Their blossoms fall away gently in the spring breezes like natures confetti, making way for the broad, green summer foliage.

 

Plant Type: Tree

Uses: Feature

Garden Types: Japanese, Pots & Containers, Courtyard, Cottage

 


Care


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Sun Requirements: Full sun, part shade or dapple shade position. Some varieties would prefer to be kept out of the harsh Australian afternoon sun. Others, such as the Plums, would thrive in it. Prunus flower best in full sun.

Water Requirements: Water regularly until established. Once established they are relatively self sufficient.

Soil Requirements: Will tolerate sand and clay but look their best in moist, well-drained loamy soil.

Fertilizing: Slow Release general-purpose fertilizer or a decent layer of well decomposed, organic compost turned into the soil in spring. Not required once established unless soil lacks nutrients.

Pruning: Late winter is the optimum time to prune whilst the tree is dormant and sap flow is minimal. Prune in summer to remove water shoots and promote airflow. Prunus are susceptible to fungal and insect infestation if pruned incorrectly and at the wrong time.  Prune to remove dead, damaged and diseased wood. For more on pruning, check out our Pruning and Pruning Fruit Trees pages.

Tolerances: Pollution, Heat. Does not like soggy, poorly drained soils. Will tolerate windy areas, however blossoms and autumn leaves will fall off the tree much faster.

Diseases: Cherry Slug, Caterpillars, Brown Rot, Cherry Leaf Spot, Blossom Wilt, Cytospora Canker, Powdery Mildew, Necrotic Ringspot, Silver Leaf.

Hello Hello Plants Nursery Campbellfield Melbourne Victoria Australia Prunus Cherry Blossom double petal pink


Key Features


Flower: Small, single or double petalled blossoms in white and dark or light pinks. Blossoms are delicate and easily blown off.

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Foliage: Large ovate, serrated emerald to dark green. Some varieties produce purple foliage. In autumn they change to yellows, oranges and reds

Hello Hello Plants Nursery Campbellfield Melbourne Victoria Australia Prunus Cherry leaves green single white background

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Seeds / Berries: Minimal to none, non-edible

Edible: No

Toxicity: Dogs, Humans, Horses

Attracts: Birds, Bees

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Which blossoms to choose?


As blossoming cherry and plums come in a few different sizes, colours and forms, it can be tricky to choose which one is right for your garden. So to make it easier, here is a brief description of each variety and a quick comparison table at the end.

For more, in depth care instructions, go to Additional Information on the individual product pages.


Upright


Upright blossoming Prunus grow with upward
facing branches and are sometimes grafted, sometimes not, depending on the variety. They make wonderful avenue and fenceline plantings or as solitary feature or street trees.

 

 


Standard


Standard Prunus are upright varieties grafted onto a single straight clear trunk, usually at intervals on 1.2m, 1.5m or 1.8m. Standards are chosen over the upright variety as they have a singular, neat trunk as opposed to a bent trunk, multiple trunks and lower branches that upright varieties often have.

 

 


Weeping


Weeping Prunus are a groundcover or low growing, trailing shrub, grafted to a tall, clear trunk. The graft is usually made at 1.2m, 1.5m or 1.8ms up the trunk and forms a beautiful cascading umbrella shape. The width of the tree depends on the variety.

 

 

 

 


Below is a comparison of the Weeping Cherry blossom varieties

               Tolerances               Flower Spread
‘Cheals’

 

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Poor Soils
  • Frost tolerant
  • Pink
  • Ruffled
  • Double petals
3m
‘Falling Snow’

 

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Poor Soils
  • Frost tolerant
  • White
  • Single petal
  • Star shaped
  • Stamen showing
2m-2.5m

‘Rosea’

 

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Poor Soils
  • Frost tolerant
  • Pink
  • Single petal
  • Star shaped
  • Stamen showing
5m-7m
‘Shimidsu Sakura’

 

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Poor Soils
  • Frost tolerant
  • White with a blush of pink
  • Double petal
5m-7m
‘Subhirtella Alba’

 

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Poor Soils
  • Frost tolerant
  • White
  • Slender layered petals
  • Stamen showing
5m
‘Weeping Apricot’

 

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Poor Soils
  • Frost tolerant
  • Hot pink
  • Cup shaped
  • Layered petals
  • Stamen showing
3.5m