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Prunus yedoensis - Yoshino Cherry

Prunus yedoensis originated in Japan and is a large shrub / small tree of up to 12m tall. It is one of the most planted cherries in Japan and is found in profusion around the Japanese capital Tokyo.

With upright, spreading branches pink buds emerge and from these the single blush white flowers of between 3 and 5cm wide folllow before the foliage in the spring. They hang in clusters of 5 or 6 and have a subtle almond fragrance.

The leaves emerge a coppery colour towards the end of the flowers which create a beautiful contrast to the shiny, black fruits.

They are serrated on the margins and deep green in colour turning to red-orange in Autumn.

FACT: The Prunus yedoensis gains it name from originally having been cultivated in Edo which was the name for Tokyo in the Edo period. It was given the common name Yoshino Cherry in honour of the famous cherry covered mountain Yoshino in Japan

Plant Profile

Name: Prunus yedoensis

Common Name: Yoshino Cherry

Family: Rosaceae

Height: Up to 10 / 12 metres

Width: 7 / 8 metres

Demands: Full Sun in any aspect, exposed or sheltered

Soil: Well drained to moist but well drained sand, chalk, clay or loam

Foliage: Deciduous

Flower: Pink - white

Prunus yedoensis info sheet

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