Also known as the Tibetan Cherry, Prunus serrula ‘Tibetica’ was introduced from China by Ernest Wilson in 1908 and has won numerous horticultural accolades including the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
Prunus serrula ‘Tibetica’ is another favourite of ours for its stunning, rich mahogany shiny bark, this tree certainly improves with age. Bark peels off to reveal brighter layers underneath and when lit by the sun the delicate colours and texture are truly beautiful. The stem of this tree is its unique feature and this alone is good reason to include it in any planting scheme.
Leaves are small and willow like and though this tree does produce small white flowers in April, this specimen is not one to select for its flowers as they are not as impressive as other varieties of cherry.
Like many cherries, this vigorous tree will thrive in most soil types and prefers a well drained soil.
This small specimen is a stunning addition to any planting scheme, most especially winter gardens when other trees have lost their leaves, this one reveals its true beauty. Plant in contrast with other brightly coloured bark, for example Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, to enhance the contrasting colours.
These trees can be planted as an individual specimen or as an avenue. Once trees are established careful under-planting can be carried out to exaggerate the colour of the stems.
This tree is good for bees and other pollinators.
Mature height: 5-8m