Prunus 'Shirotae' (aka Prunus 'Mount Fuji') makes a delightful display in a garden its with masses of semi-double snowy white flowers in April and May. The flowers are honey-scented and attract birds, butterflies and bees into your garden, bringing with them movement and sound. The beautiful white blooms are cup-shaped and create a wonderful contrast against the light green spring foliage. As the weather warms, the leaves turn to a deeper mid-green and finally to vibrant red and orange hues in autumn.
If you are looking for a different and classical Japanese ornamental shape to uplift your garden, the Prunus 'Shirotae' has a wide spreading habit with pendulous branches that form a unique flat-topped canopy. The branches can droop, sometimes as far as touching the ground.
You can expect this Flowering Cherry tree to attain heights of around 3.5m and a spread of 5m within a 20 year period. It is tolerant of most soil types but avoid very wet or shallow chalky areas. Plant in full sun where possible.
Use this magnificent Flowering Cherry tree to create interest in a smaller garden. The flat top and drooping shape is ideal to overhang a garden hide-sway or provide shade cover for a scenic garden bench. Your Mount Fuji tree requires very little maintenance. If you want to control the drooping branches, some light pruning can be done after flowering and before the new shoots appear.
If you are searching for a unique gift idea for a loved one, offering a tree is a truly sentimental idea and the Prunus 'Shirofugen' is the perfect choice.
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