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: 130-150 cm
- Tree is approx. 2 years old with a 4 years old rootstock
- Approx. Growth Height: 6m
- 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
See our other Kiku Shidare cherry trees below:
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy
- Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile
Q:Does Height Really Matter?
A: Not As Much As You Might Think...
One stand out specification that customers often use to judge the value of a tree is the height. So should height directly correlate with the price of a tree? No, not necessarily.
To an extent the height of a tree can give you a good indication of its maturity but you must not forget: To grow a productive, well shaped, healthy tree you must prune it back regularly, especially when young.
Our trees often grow up to 2m in the fields before we prune them back and package them ready to send out. This pruning encourages the tree to grow more, stronger branches and ensures there is a good balance between the root size and top growth. This ensures that your tree puts energy into establishing a healthy root base instead of supporting top growth, providing a better foundation for your tree in the future.
So, in summary: Don’t let the extra 10/20cm you may find elsewhere sway you. You are likely to be paying extra for the delivery costs and, if you want a healthy tree in the long run, you’re going to have to chop it off anyway!
Caring and Maintenance
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.
- Planting Distance: 6m minimum
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.
Growth 3 Months After Planting In June
Tree When Planted In March
This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.