When it comes to dramatic spring display, the flowering cherries have no equal. So, when a particular cherry is described as one of the most beautiful of all flowering cherries, that is saying a very great deal. And that is how the 'Mt. Fuji' cherry, or Prunus serrulata 'Shirotae' has been described. This vigorous tree puts on a spectacular show of delicate pink buds opening to immaculate white flowers that hang in pendant clusters. The effect is simply charming. The bloom can be semi-double or double and are mildly fragrant. The leaves are also pretty. The new growth is pale green changing to mid-green for summer and with the onset of autumn the colour changes to a lovely  yellow, bronzy-red and orange. The trunk is grey and roughly lenticelled while the young branchlets are brown and shiny.

Mt Fuji cherry is a broadly, vase-shaped spreading tree, typically flat-topped. It is considerably wider than tall, typically 20 feet high by 25 feet wide, though they have grown much taller under the best conditions. Its size makes it a popular specimen tree in urban gardens where lateral space is adequate, and it’s well suited to grow beneath power lines while being tough enough for street plantings. It prefers moist, well drained, fertile soil and a position in full sun to part-shade though bloom is best in full sun. Mt. Fuji cherry is a connoisseur's choice and will not be found at big, discount nurseries but at the better tree nurseries.

Mt. Fuji cherry


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