Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula Rubra' is a slow-growing upright tree with horizontal main branches and long, thin branches that hang down strongly. Also known as the Japanese Hanging Cherry, this upright growing deciduous shrub reaches a height of about 4 m in ten years. Its overhanging branches are covered with flowers in summer from late March to early April. This spectacular display is why people love this Japanese native cherry.
The flower buds of Pendula Rubra appear dark pink, followed by the simple flowers that are light pink and about 2 cm wide. The numerous flowers and the picturesque structure make this cherry one of the most beautiful Prunus variety. It acts as an incredible highlight especially in the winter months. The fruits of this cherry are rare or inconspicuous. However, the tree attracts birds, bees and other wildlife throughout the summer and autumn.
Although Pendula Rubra is undemanding in nature, gardeners should care to avoid planting it in wet soils. It prefers humus rich, calcareous soil that is well-drained. Plant it in a sunny location where the magic of its profuse flowering will be strongest.
Here you have a low maintenance cherry tree that does not demand any regular pruning or fertilization. Simply water the plant regularly in dry periods and use a slow release fertilizer once in the beginning of season.
Prunus Rubra is perfect in parks, cemeteries, flowering gardens and small gardens. It is also suitable in containers on terrace gardens and as a single specimen.
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