Prunus 'Shirofugen' (Shirofugen Cherry) - 9L Pot

Code: TR01819L
Prunus 'Shirofugen' (Shirofugen Cherry) - 9L Pot
Prunus 'Shirofugen' (Shirofugen Cherry) - 9L Pot

Meaning 'White God' in Japanese, the Shirofugen cherry is a open branched and spreading tree that is well loved by gardeners. This is due to its beautiful double white blossom which are much longer lasting than other cherry trees. Leaves that begin their life in shade of bronze-red, turn to green before finishing up in the autumn in a lovely orange-red colour.

The tree takes a unique shape and is a medium sized cherry tree. It would be ideal as a focal point for any sized garden.

Characteristics

  • Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 130-150cm
  • Tree is approx 2 years old with a 4 year old rootstock
  • Approx. Growth Height: 6m
  • Flower Colour: White/pale pink
  • Foliage Colour: Bronze-red in spring/dark green in summer/orange-red in autumn
  • Flowering Period: Spring
  • Tolerance: Frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: Bushy
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy
  • Exposure: Exposed, sheltered
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate
  • Scented: Flowers are fragrant
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: full sun
  • Soil Requirements: chalk, clay, loam, sand
  • 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: Dont 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, youre 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 fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 6m

Suited to almost all, well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in an exposed or sheltered location in full sun.
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.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the Society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.

This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.
 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 1.0/5 (1 review)

Rating: 1/5

"Very disappointed. Trees like twigs and the soil fell away completely when I took the pot off revealing a totally undeveloped root system."

Reviewed Saturday, 5 April 2014

Primrose says: "Thanks for your feedback. We expect this plant to arrive at a height of between 150-170cm. If you plants arrive much shorter than advertised, you can contact customer services to resolve the issue."

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