Prunus ‘Accolade’ is a hybrid cross between Prunus sargentii and Prunus x subhirtella. This clone won the First Class Certificate in 1954, the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1952 and the updated version in 2002. It is a very well-known and proven variety.
One of the first ornamental Cherry trees to blossom in spring, its prolific semi-double pink flowers appear very early, when many other trees are still in their winter form. It has been known to sometimes produce a few flowers in winter, however its display tends to be more reliable in spring.
After flowering, leaves emerge dark green and relatively small for a Cherry. Foliage can sometimes appear sporadic and this is completely normal. Autumn brings an attractive orange-red display of colour, courtesy of its Prunus sargentii parentage.
This tree is a superb performer, tolerant of most soils that are well drained, including chalk.
A medium size tree, it develops a rounded, spreading habit at maturity.
This tree is good for bees and other pollinators.
Mature Height 5-8m