Flower cherry fact sheet
Botanical name: Prunus serrulata
German name: Japanische Blütenkirsche
Family: Rosaceae (rosefamily )
Flowering time: March to May
Flowers: pink, white
Foliage: summer green
Growth habit : flowering shrub
Origin : Japan, Korea, China
Detail photos of flowering cherry
Every spring blooms one of the noblest woody plants in the Central European climate - Japanese flowering cherry.
Prunus serrulata is a deciduous ornamental shrub that is firmly anchored in Japan's culture. The traditional cherry blossom festival ("hanami") is celebrated in Japan at blossom time. The Japanese flowering cherry has been a symbol of pure and simple beauty there for centuries.
With its abundance of flowers it captivates everyone. The pink or white flowers, sometimes double and some in umbellate clusters, bloom only for a short time. After about two weeks, they already fall off. Then the leaves emerge and hang ovate, elliptical, five to nine centimeters and alternate on the stems.
The botanical name Prunus serrulata alludes to the foliage, as "serrulata" means "finely serrated". The leaf margin is pointedly serrated. Before budding, the foliage is reddish brown, while later it turns somewhat green and sometimes retains a touch of reddish brown. In autumn, the Japanese flowering cherry seduces with its beautiful play of colors in yellow and orange.
Use of cherry blossom in design
Prunus serrulata's stately size makes it particularly suitable for meadows, parks and larger gardens or front yards, where it sparks an impressive sea of flowers from March to May. Due to its rapid growth, the Japanese flowering cherry needs sufficient distance from other plants.
A special eye-catcher is the ornamental shrub in Japanese or Asian-inspired gardens, but also makes a good figure in any other garden. A low-maintenance plant with incredible color!
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