Prunus 'Shogetsu' (Shogetsu Cherry) - 9L Pot
The Prunus Shogetsu is a late flowering Japanese cherry. Its pink buds open in April and stay open throughout into May. This tree fits well into small gardens up until it is mature, when the spreading growth can be pruned in late summer. Its large clusters of pendant white flowers look beautiful against the green foliage.
Prunus Shogetsu has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
- 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
- Flower Colour: Pink and white
- Foliage Colour: Green in spring/summer, red/orange in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: 2-4m
- Flowering Period: Spring
- Growing Habit: Bush, half standard, fans
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Exposure: Full sun
- Rate of Growth: Reaches max. height in 10-20 years
- Scented: Mild
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loam, sand, chalk
- Moisture: well-drained, moist but well-drained
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
Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful. 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. 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 7.8 in a sheltered, full sun 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.
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.