Winter flowering cherry trees

Updated February 21, 2017

Flowering cherry trees come in either the spring or winter flowering varieties and are among the most popular trees used as ornamental plantings in landscapes. The trees bloom vigorously in single or double pink or white flower on weeping or upright stems, depending on variety. The trees are easy to grow and all varieties thrive in open areas with full sun and well-drained soil. It is often not necessary to trim or prune the tree. If required, the suggested time for pruning is during late summer to allow enough time for the trees to heal before winter.

Autumn Cherry Tree

Autumn cherry tree (Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis') is a winter flowering cherry tree that blooms with single and double light-pink flowers from October to March. The flowers of the tree start to open during fall and are in full bloom by January and February. Autumn cherry tree, however, does not bloom as vigorously as the spring flowering cherry tree varieties. The tree grows to a mature height of 6 to 12 m (20 to 40 feet) with a 4.5- to 7.5-m (15- to 25-foot) spread. Plant in areas of full or partial shade. Autumn cherry adapts to a wide range of soils and has a good drought tolerance.

Fudan-zakura cherry

Fudan-zakura flowering cherry is a winter flowering cultivar of Prunus lannesiana Sieb. The tree has a straight growth habit with tawny foliage and brown bark. It blooms with five-petalled, small to medium-sized flowers in light-pink shades. The buds of the flowers are a shade darker than the petals. The tree starts to flower in late October and remains in bloom well into next April. Fudan-zakura belongs to a highly popular species of flowering cherry trees, which are noted for their extended bloom time.

Jugatsuzakura cherry

Jugatsuzakura is a winter blooming cultivar of Prunus subhirtellla Miq. The tree is small in size with tawny foliage. The flowers appear in pink or white and are considered relatively large in size as compared to the general size of the tree. The tree starts to bloom in October and continues to flower well into April in areas of mild winter. Jugatsuzakura is also characterised by bright red, distinct autumn foliage colour. The flowers of the tree are not fragrant.

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