Cheal's Weeping Cherry 9L Pot (Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura')

Code: TR01739L
Cheal's Weeping Cherry 9L Pot (Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura')
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Cheal's Weeping Cherry 9L Pot (Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura')

Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' (Cheal's Weeping Cherry) - 9L Pot

This beautiful plant is a stunning example of the way the seasons change deciduous trees. The leaves of this flowering plant are a gorgeous bronze when young, before turning red with the spring, and light green in summer. Come autumn, they fade to a mellow orange, creating a medley of colours. Combined with the blousey double flowers, which are an elegantly rich pink, this tree will be sure to add a burst of colour to your garden.

Cherry trees are famously hardy and will require little care and attention once established. The more compact, weeping habit of this tree makes it an ideal candidate if you have a smaller space to work with, be it a garden or patio.

Although best planted in the spring or autumn as the weather is mild and damp, the ever prominent beauty of this tree presents itself all year round. We recommend intertwining clematis through the weeping cherry tree's foliage to give it an extra boost in vibrancy.

  • Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 120-150 cm
  • Tree is approx. 2 years old with a 4 years old rootstock
  • Approx. Growth Height: 2.5-4m
  • Flower Colour: Rich pink
  • Foliage Colour: Bronze when young, red in spring, green in summer, orange in autumn
  • Flowering Period: Spring (April - May)
  • Growing Habit: Bushy, half standard, fans
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Exposure: Sheltered, exposed
  • Rate of Growth: Max. height in 20 - 30 years
  • Scented: Mildly
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
  • Light Requirements: full sun
  • Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy
  • Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile

Optional Extras
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • One Tree Stake and Tie Kit - 1.2m
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  • All-purpose Liquid Seaweed Stimulant by Empathy - 1L
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

See alternative Kiku Shidare cherry trees below

Primrose Guides


Magical Spring Blossoms

The number one attraction for most people is the short lived but totally spell-binding display of blossoms which, for many, epitomises effervescence and wonder of spring. The Kiku-shidare-zakura is no exception. With the potential for more than one hundred petals per flower this tree puts on a show-stopping display every spring. It firstly produces dense clusters of pink buds that are wrapped around the pendulous branches which open up to reveal fantastic, cascading, baby pink, fully double blossoms that cover the entire tree and resembles a stick of candyfloss.

Fiery Autumn Colour

The spring display of cherry trees always steals the limelight. But this is not a tree for just one season. The elegantly shaped foliage fills your garden at the start of the year with beautiful, burnished bronze leaves that mature and become a glossy green in summer. This is followed by an awesome colour display in autumn where the leaves turn a wonderful red, orange and bronze rivalling the dramatic blossom display in spring.

Weeping Structure

For those of you who are in search of a traditional cherry tree shape I would reccomend the Prunus Kanzan. But for something slightly different and dramatic look no further. The Kiku-shidare-zakura has a wonferful and very pronounced weeping habit with gorgeous branches arching from the trunk. It looks amazing when the blossoms appear to cascade down the curved branches. More compact than other varieties of ornamental cherry tree it is perfect for a smaller gardens as it is relatively slow growing with an ultimate height of around 3 metres.

Planting and Care

Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 4.5 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun or partial shade location. Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established. Autumn is the best season for planting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems. Keep a planting distance of at least 3 metres.

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertiliser in spring in order to promote healthy growth. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.

For more information about how to plant and care for your flowering cherry tree or if you have any further questions please click here to see our guides.

History Of Cherry Blossom Trees

Cherry blossom trees are a popular ornamental tree which are known for their beauty and grown for their flowers rather than their fruit. However, even though the fruit is too small and tart for humans it is very popular with birds. Most of the varieties of this tree originated in Japan where they have held an important place in Japanese culture for hundreds of years. In fact the cherry blossom tree, which is known as sakura in Japan, is the country’s national flower. There is a custom called ‘hanami’ in Japan which means ‘flower viewing’ where people will gather to look at the flowering trees. Originally it was said to be a custom introduced by the Emperor and members of the Imperial Palace but has since become popular tradition in wider Japanese society. People will gather for a party or picnic under the trees when they are in full bloom.

How to Plant a Potted Tree

A containerised tree can be planted at any point during the year unlike a bare root one. As long as the ground that it is planted in is not frozen or waterlogged the tree should be able to establish itself in any season. When planting your tree make sure that it has been watered and that it is in a suitable position where it can recieve plenty of sunshine and shelter from cold winds. For more information about planting your containerised tree please click here to see our guides.

Newly Planted Tree

Here at Primrose we planted some young trees so that we could document how they grew over the next few years. This is an image of a newly planted tree that was planted in March and is roughly how your tree will look when it arrives.

3 Months Later

As you can see there has already been a lot of tree growth after only three months. We are going to continue to document the growth of the trees that were planted. This means that you can compare and see what your tree should look like at various stages of growth.

The Following Spring

As you can see there has been a good amount of growth and we were able to welcome our first display of beautiful blossom. Kiku shidare flowers well as a young tree but even so we were very pleased to see such full show of blossom.

This is an example of a 9L Cheal's Weeping Cherry Tree from our nursery

Customer Reviews
Rating: 5/5

"Looking very healthy, with lots of buds, and arrived in good condition."

Reviewed Friday, 18 January 2019

Rating: 5/5

"Difficult to say for now as I ordered in the winter so it came with no foliage. But the person I bought it for, the plant expert in the family, was very pleased with its condition. Looking forward to seeing it blossom."

Reviewed Friday, 28 December 2018

Rating: 5/5

"This was a Christmas present to newly house move relation"

Reviewed Monday, 17 December 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Nice healthy tree and prompt delivery. In all a seamless transaction."

Reviewed Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Very good product, and very good service."

Reviewed Monday, 24 September 2018

Rating: 4/5

"Good condition - just have to wait to see how it grows!"

Reviewed Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Rating: 4/5

"Tree arrived with one of the branches snapped off. I hope it grows back. Perhaps the seller may wish to consider a slightly wider box next time"

Reviewed Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Product was perfect and as described!"

Reviewed Sunday, 12 August 2018

Rating: 5/5

"The tree is strong and healthy it looks good in my garden."

Reviewed Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Superb tree with quality packaging"

Reviewed Monday, 16 July 2018

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