Accolade cherry, Prunus Accolade, is a petite, pink flowering tree, well suited to a small garden. It will grow on most well drained soils, preferably rich ones, and although it is a hardy tree, we recommend planting it in sheltered, sunny places. Accolade is slender tree, with a fairly sparse canopy that doesn't cast much shade. It blooms heavily in early spring, with rich pink buds opening into variably pink-white full double flowers. In a mild year, you can see a few flowers appearing in Autumn and Winter before the full show in Spring. Like most cherry trees, the autumn colour is rich and vivid, with plenty of red and orange on display. Prunus Accolade can reach a height of about 5-8 metres.
Prunus Accolade was bred from Prunus sargentii and Prunus x subhirtella sometime around 1950. It has won several awards from the RHS, including an Award of Garden Merit for being attractive & easy to grow.
How Standard Trees are Measured: All our ornamental trees, are graded by their girth in centimetres - measured 1 metre above ground level. A 6/8 standard has a trunk with a girth of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has one of 8-10 centimetres. In any variety an 8/10 is taller than a 6/8 but the heights between different varieties can vary hugely. Most of our standard trees are between about 2.5 - 4.5 metres tall.