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Tibetan Cherry Prunus Serrula

Description & features

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Step 1 - Select plant type

Bare root guide

Step 2 - Size and quantity

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
30L pot size / 1.75-2.50m multi-stem
£240.00
15L pot size / 1.75-2.75m
£60.00
30L pot size / 2.4-3.5m
£180.00
70L pot size / 3.0-4.5m
£300.00

All prices include VAT

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
06-08cm girth / 2.4-2.75m
£72.00
08-10cm girth / 2.75-3.0m
£100.80
Volume discount 1-2 3-9 10+
06-08cm girth / 2.4-2.75m £72.00 £60.00 £54.00
08-10cm girth / 2.75-3.0m £100.80 £84.00 £75.60

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

British Grown - The British Grown logo denotes plants and trees that have been both propagated and grown in the UK. Read more

Product description

PRUNUS SERRULA – Tibetan Cherry

Characteristics

The Tibetan Cherry is a small to medium-sized.  It is mainly conspicuous because of its very decorative mahogany-coloured bark, which also lead to it being called Mahogany Barked Cherry. Because of its peeling bark it is also called Paperbark Cherry.

It blooms in spring with small, white flowers and turns colour beautifully in autumn.  It is often grown as a multi-stemmed or short stemmed tree with a wide crown.  It will reach 8m (25ft) possibly a little more in ideal conditions.

Where to grow

Ornamental cherries grow best in full sun on moist fertile deep loamy soils.  They will therefore grow well in most garden or parkland positions.  Poor soils should have organic matter added to the backfill during planting. They do not like waterlogged or permanently wet ground.

Did you know?

It is native to West-China and was introduced in 1908 by the British plant collector Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson.

 

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Open
Broad headed
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Partial shade
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Winter
Autumn colour
Orange
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Small leaves
Flower colour
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
May
Stem/bark
Red
Peeling bark?
Yes
Fruiting period
January
February
October
November
December
Uses
Parkland Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Open
Broad headed
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Partial shade
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Winter
Autumn colour
Orange
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Small leaves
Flower colour
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
May
Stem/bark
Red
Peeling bark?
Yes
Fruiting period
January
February
October
November
December
Uses
Parkland Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites

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 jennifer chadwick on 24/05/2014

Tibetan cherry
are these trees grafted ?

By Simon on 28/05/2014

Hello Jennifer,

Yes Tibetan cherries are a grafted tree. They are normally grafted on Prunus Avium.

Simon

By Mike on 30/09/2014

I understand that Royal Burgundy can be grafted onto Tibetica to produce the attributes of both.

By Simon on 06/10/2014

Hello Mike,

I would have thought it is possible to do this, thought I have never seen it. I would have thought it would make an odd looking plant.

By sara on 29/05/2015

are the cherries from prunus serula edible? sour or sweet?

By Simon on 05/06/2015

Hello Sara,

I am afraid they are not really edible. Very small and not very useful other than for the birds.

By Fiona on 24/07/2016

Our Tibetan cherry has started to shed its’ leaves, which look dry and brown in places.  Have you any idea what this could be ?

By Simon on 27/07/2016

Hello Fiona,

This sounds like drought stress. Have you tried watering the tree?

By Michael Cameron on 10/08/2017

Can the be kept in a large pot as an ornamental tree?  Reason is, it will go into a sunny corner where a large conifer was removed.  Stump is ground off but still some wood underground!

By Simon on 11/08/2017

Hello Michael,

The Tibetan cherry is rather a large tree to keep in a pot as it grows to about 8m tall eventually. You could keep it alive in a pot for a while with regular watering and feeding, but then the roots will start to circle and eventually girdle the trunk. It would be much better off in the ground, where there’s less chance of it drying out and where the roots will have space to grow. The roots from your removed tree will eventually break down in the soil, so if you were able to plant the new tree nearby then its own roots could find soil to grow into around this obstacle. If you prefer to keep something in a pot, look at shrubs or trees that are naturally small (e.g. Malus Sun Rival) or that you can clip to stay small (e.g. the thorn trees, holly), or very slow growing trees.

By Gill on 11/10/2020

When is the best time to prune Prunus Serrula ?
Our tree is quite close to the house so I would like to keep it in check

By Simon on 20/10/2020

Hello Gill,

You should always prune cherry in the height of summer so they can heal quickly. I hope this helps.

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