Pink Autumn Flowering Cherry, Large Trees
- Winter flowering cherry.
- Narrow, slender tree. Casts light shade.
- Pale pink blossom.
- Max. Height: 10m
Prunus Autumnalis Rosea: Bareroot Pink Winter Flowering Cherry Trees in Standard Sizes
Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis Rosea, or Rosebud Cherry, is the pink version of the Winter flowering cherry tree.
The dark pink buds that open into pastel pink flowers from late October to February. The small leaves are bronze in spring, turning green in summer and gold in autumn. It is best to plant this tree beside a path or seated area, where it can be admired up close. The small, bitter fruit attract birds.
It is a petite, slender tree with an elegant, open form, lots of thin twigs and light branches that cast very little shade, so it's a really useful tree to plant in a border because they won't block much sun from reaching your other plants. It is suitable for a small garden, reaching up to 7 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 7m
- Soil: Any decently well drained
- Use: Specimen, small gardens, urban
- Colour: Pink buds, pastel pink blossom in October-February
- Bareroot delivery only: November-March
Growing Prunus Autumnalis Rosea
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.
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 subhirtella Autumnalis Rosea trees:
Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis Rosea 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.