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Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Discovered by the renowned plant explorer Ernest Wilson during his Chinese exhibition in the early 1900s, this remarkable Prunus has evolved into a year-round display of elegance. Its bark and mature branches boast a sleek, mahogany gloss, exhibiting deep tones of cinnamon complemented by shades of red cranberry. The bark gracefully peels in translucent sheets, radiating a luminous glow in the sunlight. these shedding papery strips unveil new bark beneath, featuring lighter tones reminiscent of marmalade and rich dazzled honey. The young lateral lenticels, resembling small fissures, evolve into horizontal features, encircling the trunk and branches as they mature. This creates a delightful textural contrast to the smooth glossy bark.

Designers often appreciate the stained glass effect that filters through the sheets of bark, while others chose to unveil the swirled tones beneath by removing the sheets. Wiping the trunk with nut oil enhances the glossy shine of the bark’s colours.

In spring, small white flowers make a subtle appearance, deliberately allowing the spotlight to remain on the captivating bark. The leaves, reminiscent of willow, are narrow and exhibit healthy shades of green, transitioning into a warm  yellow hue in the autumn.

This captivating specimen transforms any street location when planted as a standard clear stem tree with a raised canopy. It achieves its utmost splendour as a multi-stem tree on green verges and public open spaces. Consider planting a semi-mature multi-stem against a backdrop of standard clear stem Betula utilis jacquemontii for a stunning visual contrast. The white silhouette of the Betula will enhance the warm, glossy contours of the serrula, creating a harmonious and eye-catching combination.

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6m high x 4m wide after 25 years


Its stunning bark creates winter interest for a range of projects, including urban street applications to designer gardens.


Starts of vase shaped, becoming broadly columnar. Will eventually become irregular shaped.


The narrow, willow like leaves are a vibrant dark green, which allow the wonderful branches and bark to be displayed through the foliage. In autumn the melt into softer yellows before falling.


An elegant bark with shiny mahogany tones of cinnamon. This peels, revealing a honey drizzle shade beneath that shines with the winter sun. The lateral lenticels that stretch as they mature give a delightful contrast of crunchy biscuit tones to the glossy smooth bark.


Small white flowers in spring.


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

Available As:

Semi-Mature, Multi-stem

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