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Prunus serrulata ‘Shirotae’ (‘Mt. Fuji’)

Mt. Fuji flowering cherry
Rosaceae
Deciduous, Trees, Flowers

PRUNUS

Discussed here are ornamental members of the genus Prunus. Fruit trees belonging to this genus—collectively known as stone fruits—are described under their common names. See Almond; Apricot; Cherry; Peach and Nectarine; Plum (includes Prune); and Plum Hybrids.

Ornamental species and forms can be divided into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. Evergreen types are used chiefly as hedges, screens, shade trees, and 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 tree an umbrell-like form, but it’s not turned down at the edges. Grows to 15–20 ft. tall and 25 ft. wide. 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, which forces horizontal branching to start much too low, giving you a tree you can’t possibly mow under. 

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