Double Pink Cherry Prunus Kanzan

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Price per plant £48.00
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British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £108.00
Price £108.00

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Product description

PRUNUS KANZAN – Double Pink Cherry

Characteristics

This double pink flowered cherry is possibly the most well-known of the Japanese Cherries. It is an elegant, small, but wide growing tree with a vase-shaped crown which grows as wide as tall. It blooms with long stalked bunches of very pink flowers that open among the young leaves which are bronze-green.

Many consider this tree over planted and to shout ‘Suburbia’ in late April, however it is very reliable easy to grow and is always popular, quickly growing to 12m (35ft) tall with wide arching branches. 

Where to grow

Ornamental cherries grow best in full sun on moist fertile deep loamy soils, it is perfectly happy on alkaline soils which it prefers.  It will therefore grow well in most garden or parkland positions.  Poor soils should have organic matter added to the backfill during planting.  It does not like waterlogged or permanently wet ground.

Did you know?

The Japanese name ‘Kanzan’ means ‘near mountains’. It is known in Japan since the 17th century, and is much planted. It was introduced into Europe around 1913.

Mature height
Medium - 10-15 metres
Spread
5-10 meters
Shape/habit
Open
Vase
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty/hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen/Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Spring
Autumn colour
Orange
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Flower colour
Pink
Flowering type
Double
Flowering month
April
May
Uses
Parkland Tree
City/Urban Sites
Flower Arranging

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.

Comments

By Uta Gericke on 23/02/2016

I have an old Prunus Kanzan in my garden. The bark has developed deep cracks. Also has started to
peel off. It was already well established when I moved into my house 31 years ago.
What is its life expectancy?  Can it be saved or has it reached the end of its life?
I let a tree surgeon (who obviously was no expert) cut it back about 10 years ago, as the tree crown was very large.  He basically chopped all the branches off and only left the main ones left.
The poor tree slowly recovered, but was never the same again.  I am reluctant to remove it, as it is always looking so stunning when in full bloom in April.  What is your advice?

By Simon on 25/02/2016

Dear Uta,

I’m afraid ornamental cherries are not very long-lived trees. Any pruning of them should be done in the summer - pruning in winter increases the risk of silver leaf disease. If you would like to send a photo through to us (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) then we would be happy to have a look at the bark.

By Jo B on 25/02/2017

How many weeks does cherry blossom typically last? Is it shorter or longer than a crab apple?

By Simon on 01/03/2017

Hello Jo,

The timing and duration of blossom partly depends on the weather, but it’s generally on the tree for about two weeks. This is similar for crab apples. A brief but stunning show!

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