A beautiful, small growing form of gently weeping cherry. Prunus shirotae is a fantastic Japanese flowering cherry which is also referred to as Mount Fuji.
It was introduced to Britain in the early 1900s from Japan and won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
The foliage of Mount Fuji appears first as a green fringe throughout the tree, swiftly followed by a combination of large single and semi-double pure white flowers. It is simply stunning when in flower, the flowers seem delicate, yet are profuse and significant all at the same time.
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, Mount Fuji prefers to be grown in a free draining soil, as they do not enjoy having their feet wet at all.
When planting Prunus shirotae, it is worth considering the other planting for your scheme; it is certainly a tree that needs to steal the show when in flower, so is best planted where it will can be displayed to maximum effect, as a focal point or in a spot where the flowers can be viewed against a bright blue spring sky.
Mature height: 3-7m