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Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Prunus ‘Shirofugen’, sometimes known as Prunus ‘Fugenzo’ is a sturdy tree of medium size, featuring a broad, expansive growth habit. This time honoured cultivar has been grown in Japan since the 1400’s. Its generous double flowers start as pink buds, evolving into a pristine white display. This gives rise to its Japanese name which translates to ‘White God’.

As these blossoms mature, they transition to an enchanting purple-pink shade, providing a captivating contrast against the emerging bronze foliage. Notably ‘Shirofugen’ blooms later than many, typically gracing us with its flowers from late spring to early summer. Despite its late bloom, the flowers persist for an extended period. Among the Japanese Cherry varieties, ‘Shirofugen’ stands out for its grand size.

 

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Size

Small/Medium

7m high x 5m wide after 25 years

Environment

Makes a fantastic avenue tree.

Canopy

Starts of vase shaped becoming broader as it matures.

Flowers

Last to blossom in late spring to early summer. Large, pure white, double flowers open from pink buds. These quickly wash with subtle pinks before evolving into darker succulent shades of purple.

Resilience

Does well in most soil types, including clay and sand.

Available As:

Semi-Mature, Super Semi-Mature

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