Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis has white flowers (Pink buds) whilst the cultivar P.s Autumnalis Rosea, has pink flowers. The white variety is more floriferous.
Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis Rosea can either be a large shrub, or a graceful small tree for Autumn to Late winter flowering. It depends upon if it has been grafted onto a stem that will ensure that it a tree, or a low stem - making it a shrub! The flowers are semi-double, white tinged pink.
Slightly spreading habit but not intrusive. The delightful flowers of Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis Rosea are borne from November, through December and into January or February even. The true plant will have been budded/grafted on to the top of a different 'Cherry' stem, so any growth below the graft should be cut off and not allowed to grow. Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis will need no regular pruning, but can be 'shaped' by pruning in late spring.
Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis can be grown in light or dappled shade, but is best in full sun - against a dark background! It has good autumn colour of the foliage.
Height and spread variable, but as it is a naturally spreading tree, give it plenty of space. The foliage is light and suitable for growing plants underneath that like a little dappled shade.
Other Types: - There is also a pendulous form - Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis Pendula, as well as a pendulous pink type - P.s.A. Pendula Rosea Plena - being double flowered. The weeping types is also reputed to have a light red - or deep inik - flowered version - Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis Pendula Rubra. We know nothing of the latter.
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