Shirofugen Cherry Blossom, Large Trees
- Wide spreading tree.
- Late flowering.
- Pink-White blossom.
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Max. Height: 8m
Prunus Shirofugen: Bareroot Shirofugen / Fugenzo Cherry Trees in Standard Sizes
Prunus Shirofugen is a beautiful, spreading tree that is wider than it is tall when mature, with a distinctive flat canopy. In our range, the Shirofugen Cherry is the latest to come into bloom, with flowers that sometimes last into June. The large, double, fragrant white blossom open from pink buds and darken into pink again just before they fall. These contrast very well against the rich, copper coloured young leaves.
Shirofugen can reach a height of about 8-10 metres.
Delivery season: Shirofugen Cherry 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 8-10m
- Soil: Any decently well drained
- Use: Specimen
- Colour: Pink and white flowers in May to June
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Bareroot delivery only: November-March
Growing Shirofugen Trees
Suitable for any well drained soil, we recommend planting in full sun.
Did You Know?
Shirofugen means "white god" in Japanese according to the garden books, but according to online translators, it means "white addendum". Either way, it doesn't seem to be the tree's name in Japan, which is probably Fugenzo: the confusion deepens because there is another tree that we call Fugenzo in the West, which is probably called Kofugen in Japan and is the parent of Shirofugen. But maybe all that is Chinese whispers: the RHS says Shirofugen and Fugenzo are the same.
It was bred about 500 years ago, and introduced to Britain around the start of the 20th century.
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 Prunus Shirofugen:
Prunus Shirofugen trees prefer fertile, moist soil with good drainage. They like heavy clay, as long as the site doesn't become waterlogged in winter. They are good to grow on chalky soil.
Although they are tolerant of shade, we really recommend them for full sun. Cherry trees in the shade tend to become spindly and won't flower very well.
We don't recommend them for exposed, windy sites, where they will be blown out of shape by the wind.
Although your trees are hardy, late spring frosts can ruin their flower display. Avoid planting cherry blossom trees in frost pockets or North facing sites in colder areas.
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.