Prunus Fragrant Cloud ('Shizuka')
Description: A spectacular vigorous grower with a spreading, slightly ascending habit. The huge clusters of large, white, semi-double, fragrant flowers are borne in profusion in May and turn pinkish as they age. Foliage develops from a bronze colour, turning to mid-green and then orange in the autumn.
History: One of the Matsumae collection of Japanese flowering cherries, developed in the 1960s by Masatoshi Asari. Known as ‘Matsumae-Shizuka’, and Prunus 'Fragrant Cloud' (which is an approximate translation of the Japanese word shizuka). Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Prunus Growing Tips: Best grown in well-drained soil, in full sun to achieve the best flower display and autumn colour. Will tolerate most soil types including chalk and clay.
Height and Spread (after 10 years): 5m x 3m