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Prunus serrulata 'Shirotae' ('Mt. Fuji')

Mt. Fuji flowering cherry
Deciduous, Trees, Flowers


This rich genus includes everything from English laurel to flowering apricots, cherries, peaches, and plums. (For edible varieties, see individual listings for apricot, cherry, peach, plum, and plum hybridss.)

Ornamental species and forms can be divided into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. Evergreen types are used chiefly as hedges, screens, shade trees, street trees. Deciduous flowering trees and shrubs, closely related to the fruit trees mentioned above, are valued for their winter or spring floral display as well as for attractive shape and for foliage form, texture, and sometimes even fall color. Many of these deciduous kinds offer a bonus of edible fruit.

Prunus serrulata 'Shirotae' ('Mt. Fuji')

Strong horizontal branching gives this an umbrell-like form, but it's not turned down at the edges. Pink buds open into white flowers that age purplish pink. This is an early bloomer. Striking orange-yellow foliage drops in autumn. Buy a tree that has not been top-pruned; that forces horizontal branching to start much too low, giving you a tree you can't possibly mow under. Grows 25 ft. wide, 15 to 20 ft. tall.

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