Accolade Cherry Large Trees
- Early flowering.
- Suitable for small gardens.
- Pink blossom.
- Max. Height: 6m
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
Prunus Accolade: Bareroot Accolade Trees in Standard Sizes
Prunus Accolade, is a petite, pink flowering cherry tree, well suited to a small garden. It blooms heavily in early spring, with rich pink buds opening into variably pink-white, fragrant, fully 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.
A slender tree, with a fairly sparse canopy that doesn't cast much shade, it can reach a height of about 5-8 metres.
Delivery season: Cherry blossom trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
- Height: To 5-8m
- Soil: Any well drained
- Use: Small gardens, specimen
- Soft pink, fragrant flowers in March-April
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Bareroot delivery only: November-March
Growing Accolade Cherries
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, where it will flower best.
Did You Know?
It was bred from Prunus sargentii and Prunus x subhirtella around 1950 by Knap Hill Nurseries in Woking.
It has won several awards from the RHS, including an Award of Garden Merit for being attractive & easy to grow.
Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.
Notes on planting Accolade cherry trees:
Accolade cherry trees will grow well in any soil type that has good drainage, although you will get much better flowers on trees that are growing in rich, moist soil. We recommend choosing a site with full sun and some shelter because although your trees are hardy, their blossom is not and harsh conditions will deprive you of a good flower show. They will not grow well if the site is too poor and dry or if it is too wet.
Prepare your site before planting:
It is good to dig over the site where you plant a tree several months in advance. Kill the weeds first: for tough weeds like nettles, brambles and ground elder, you will usually need a weed-killer to get rid of them. When you dig the soil over, remove stones and other rubbish and mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades.
Watch our video on how to plant a tree for full instructions.
Remember to water establishing trees during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Tree Planting accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Neudorff WeedFree Plus.
You can buy a tree planting pack with a wooden stake & rubber tie to support the tree and a mulch mat with pegs to protect the soil around the base of your tree from weeds and drying out.
We suggest that you use mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of all newly planted large trees: if your soil quality is poor, we strongly recommend it.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.