Prunus Subhirtella Pendula Rosea

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Prunus subhirtella "Pendula Plena Rosea" is a variety of Prunus subhirtella "Pendula," also called the weeping Higan cherry tree. This ornamental tree, which is a member of the rose family, is popular with many homeowners because of its showy pink springtime blossoms. It works well as a border, specimen or foundation planting.

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Prunus subhirtella trees are native to Japan. They grow approximately 15 to 25 feet tall when grafted to a 5- or 6-foot standard. These trees have an approximately equal spread, a weeping form and simple, dark green alternate leaves. The oval-shaped leaves are doubly serrated, with slightly hairy lower surfaces, and change to orange during the fall. Prunus subhirtella "Pendula Plena Rosea" cultivars yield half-inch-round, long-lasting, deeply pink blossoms in clusters of two to five flowers before the leaves emerge in the spring. Small, inedible red berries mature to black.

Similar Cultivars

Prunus subhirtella "Autumnalis" trees grow around 40 feet tall, with an upright, rounded or oval form. "Autumnalis Rosy Cloud" produces double pink flowers, while "Autumnalis Rosea" yields showy pink blossoms. "Whitcomb," another "Autumnalis" variety, grows around 25 feet high, while "Stellata" reaches 15 feet in height. Prunus x "Snow Fountains," a hybrid dwarf cultivar, grows around 12 feet tall with an equal spread and produces white blossoms. "Snow Fountain" hybrids are typically grafted to a 5-foot standard.

Care and Maintenance

Prunus subhirtella "Pendula Rosea" trees are cold-hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 5 through 8. They require moderate amounts of water and tolerate either partial shade or full sunlight. A nutrient-rich, well-drained, moist loamy soil is best for this variety. On occasion you may need to prune out suckers, which are stems or branches near the trunk of the plant, that do not weep or look like the rest of the tree. Prune weeping Higan cherry trees during the spring after they have finished flowering.


Many of the same pests and problems that attack roses also attack Prunus subhirtella "Pendula Rosea" trees. Aphids, spider mites and scale insects drain sap from the leaves, while Japanese beetles and caterpillars feed on the foliage. Root rot infections attack the roots, while fungal leaf spot diseases leave unattractive spots on the leaves. Other diseases such as powdery mildew, fireblight, black knot and cankers also attack weeping Higan cherries.

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