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Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Prunus sargentii, commonly known as Sargent’s cherry, is a deciduous tree native to Japan. It was introduced and supplied by Arnold Arboretum in Boston during the late 1800s and is named after its director, Charles Sprague Sargent.

One of the most captivating features of Prunus sargentii is its stunning spring display. In early to mid-spring, before leaves emerge, the tree bursts into a profusion of creamy pink and clouded white flowers. These are clustered in pairs and in fours and have long anthers that hang from its purple pink centre.

After the flower, the leaves unfold a coppery red. These transition to a fresh emerald shade for the summer months before evolving into their autumn display which comes as early as September. Their show of bright scarlet reds and warming bronzed orange contrast the chestnut brown bark elegantly.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, Prunus sargentii provides ecological benefits. The flowers serve as an important nectar source for pollinators, whilst its fruits, although not suitable for human consumption, are consumed by small birds and mammals.

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Size

Medium

7m high x 5m wide after 25 years

Environment

Ideal for residential areas and creating seasonal beauty on green verges with housing estates.

Canopy

Rounded crown and dense habit.

Foliage

Bronze tipped leaves develop an emerald green colour for summer. They are the first to begin their wonderful autumn display, usually in early September. They display shades of deep amber oranges and ruby red crimsons.

Flowers

The single, wonderfully pink flowers group together in pairs and in fours covering the canopy with a light, airy cloud appearance. It has one of the most beautiful spring displays.

Fruit

Fruits are dark succulent shades of purple and similar to elderberries.

Resilience

A tough tree that is suitable for most soil types which are free draining as it does not tolerate water logging.

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