Originating from Japan the flowering cherry has become an instantly recognizable and popular tree in Ireland.
From late April into May no other tree dominates the landscape quite like the flowering Cherry. We have all heard the comments “sure the flower only last a couple of weeks”. Yes, but what flowers as they illuminate the countryside as they explode into colour. “Certainly worth waiting for”. While the flowers dominate the tree in spring, it is the foliage, which dominates in autumn with most cherries turning a beautiful Red and Yellow in the fall of the year.
The shape and size of the tree is very important for each individual garden, with this in mind here are six of the best.
Traditional known as “ The flowering cherry” this cherry is probably the best known and the most widely planted flowering cherry in Ireland.
It is strong growing with a vase like habit. Spring foliage is Coppery-Red later turning dark Green with fantastic autumn colour turning Gold, Pink or Red.
However it is for its beautiful profusion of large and showey double Pink flowers in late April early May that this tree is planted in such large numbers.
Also known as “The flagpole Cherry”. Erect habit with vertical branches that are covered in April / May with large clusters of pale Pink flowers. Ideal tree for a small garden or for adding height to the border.
Prunus Cheals Weeping:
Also known as “The weeping Cherry”. Small growing tree with drooping branches covered in deep Pink fully double flowers in April/ May. Perfect for small garden.
Arching habit with wide spreading branches that carry single or semi-double fragrant White flowers in April/ May. Low growing 3 meters but needs space as it has a spread of 5 meters. Ideal tree to brighten up a dark corner.
Majestic large tree that is perfect as a lawn specimen. Pink buds that open to double White flowers on Bronze foliage that later turns Green then Orange in autumn. Slightly late to flower. Nearly always in May.
Known as “The great White Cherry”. Large growing tree with upright habit that has masses of dazzling snow White flowers in April/ May.