Prunus serrula is a magnificent tree for year round interest with its eye-catching polished, tactile bark. The smooth, mahogany bark peels in translucent cinnamon and honey coloured sheets to reveal a fresh new hue of bronze-red gloss beneath. Caught in autumn sunlight this tree almost glows.
The willow-like, narrow foliage of Prunus serrula displays an intense mid/dark-green colour, turning a lovely rich yellow in the autumn. In April-May, small white flowers are produced and although not the most prominent, are a pleasant addition to the stunning bark and interesting foliage. It justly deserves the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Also known as the Tibetan Cherry tree, this small ornamental tree will grow to 5 x 4 metres in 20 years when grown as a single stem. It's ideal for small spaces, particularly in urban settings as it's tolerant of pollution. The Tibetan Cherry grows well in most conditions but it's best to avoid wet or shallow, chalky sites.
- Common name: Tibetan Cherry tree
- Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
- Bark: Glossy bark gives year round interest, particularly in winter
- Flowers: Small, pretty white flowers in spring
- Foliage: Dark green foliage turns yellow and red in autumn
- Soil: Tolerates most types except very wet or chalky soils