Also referred to as Mount Fuji, Prunus ‘Shirotae’ is a beautiful, small, gently weeping Japanese cherry.
Introduced to Britain in the early 1900s from Japan it won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
The foliage appears first, followed by a mix of large single and semi-double pure white flowers. Absolutely stunning when in full flush, the flowers appear delicate yet significant all at once.
Prunus ‘Shirotae’ has an attractive, gently weeping shaped crown, which can develop some almost horizontal branches as the tree matures.
Like all Japanese Cherry trees, ‘Shirotae’ prefers a free draining soil and does not enjoy having wet feet.
When using Prunus ‘Shirotae’, it is worth considering other planting in your scheme, it is a tree that deserves the spotlight when in flower, so is best planted where it will can be seen as a focal point or in an area where the flowers can be viewed against a bright blue spring sky.
This tree is good for bees and other pollinators.
Mature height: 5-8m