Prunus ‘Shirotae’ syn. ‘Mt. Fuji’ – Semi-Upright Flowering Cherry
Prunus ‘Shirotae’ is a vigorous, strongly spreading tree with a spectacular, very early floral display. A popular tree in small gardens where lateral space is adequate. Tough enough for use in streets and other public open space plantings.
Blooms in mid-spring with slightly pink buds opening to white flowers that hang below the branches in pendant clusters. Flowers can be semi-double or double and have a light fragrance.
Foliage emerges a pale green in spring, developing to mid-green leaves that have an extended tip and a distinctive finely serrate margin. Autumn sees the foliage change to attractive shades of yellow, bronzed red and orange.
Bark is grey and rough with lenticels. The young branchlets are brown and shiny.
Tree habit is broadly vase-shaped and flat-topped with strongly horizontal branching. Growth rate is moderate.
Height: 4 m. Width: 6 m.