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Kiku-shidare-zakura flowering cherry

This is the classic Japanese weeping pink cherry blossom tree (sometimes known as Cheal's Weeping Cherry).

Kiku-shidare-zakura flowering cherry identification images

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  • Kiku-shidare-zakura
  • Kiku-shidare-zakura

USDA identification images for Kiku-shidare-zakura

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    2022 season

    • 4th April  2022  - tree owned by Richard in Objat, France

    Record your blossom dates in our Fruit Tree Register - more >>.


    • Species: Prunus species - Flowering cherry


    • Country of origin: Japan
    • Flower colour: Pink
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Flowering month: April
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
    • Flower form: Chrysanthemum flower (100+ petals)
    • Awards: RHS AM
    • Leaf colour - young: Light copper
    • Flower size: Medium
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)


    • Wildlife: Attractive to birds
    • Garden type: Small town garden


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Vigour: Slightly small
    • Growth habit: Weeping
    • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
    • Attractive features: Attractive tree / plant
    • Attractive features: Scented flowers
    • Soil type: Chalky
    • Soil type: Clay
    • Pruning: Do not prune
    • Height after 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
    • Flowering season: Mid-season
    • Useful for: Small gardens
    • Useful for: Specimen planting
    • Spread after 10 years: 2m-3m / 7ft-10ft


    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good

    Where to buy trees

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