Prunus 'Shirotae' or 'Mt Fuji'

Mt Fuji Cherry, Shirotae

A vigorous, beautiful cherry with an early floral display and spreading habit.

Features: Bundles of attractive white flowers. Distinctive growth habit and attractive autumn colour.
Applications: Specimen tree for lawns and garden beds. Streetscape tree for avenues or public spaces. Good for formal designs.
Description One of the best cultivated Japanese cherries, this popular and distinctive small tree or shrup produces pretty white blossoms (that may begin as pink buds) with a mild fragrance. Its leaves - distinctively serrated - turn an attractive yellow or orange in autumn, followed up by light green new growth. It is robust enough for streetscapes and public sites, adaptable to a range of conditions, but preferring moist, well drained fertile soils and a location with good light. Sheltering from strong winds will help with longer retention of blossoms.
Availability: Torbay, Champion Lakes : 45L
Mature height: 3-5
Mature spread: 4-6
Canopy: Broadly vase-shaped or flat-topped with horizontal branching.
Growth rate: Moderate
Cautions: Needs space to spread into. Remove any understock suckers. Avoid strong wind. Ornamental, not fruit-bearing.
Tolerances: Tolerates a range of sites
Sun demands: Full sun to part shade
Soil demands: Prefers moist and fertile soils - acid to alkaline
Water demands: Moderate
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous
Family: Rosaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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