Prunus ‘Kanzan’ is quite possibly the most popular cherry tree planted in Britain, with its signature pink blossom. Introduced in the 1900s it has won numerous horticultural accolades over a number of years, including the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
Its profusion of vivid dark pink double flowers in spring are considered by some, perhaps unfairly, as garish, though it is fair to say this tree is a real show-off! Foliage appears a coppery red colour, the leaves are fairly large and serrated on the edges, turning brilliant orange and coppery red in autumn.
This small to medium sized tree is a little columnar as a young tree, becoming more rounded as it matures.
With its vigorous root system it will perform well on all soil types, preferring well drained soils. If you are on a clay soil, a flowering Crab Apple may be a better choice.
This beautiful cherry is great for avenue planting and will give a guaranteed glorious display of flowers each spring.
A good tree for bringing colour into gardens, providing it is not planted in paved areas, where its vigorous nature can cause disturbance.
This tree is good for bees and other pollinators.
Mature height: 5-8m.