Prunus PINK PARASOL ('Hanagasa')
Description: One of the most beautiful of the Matsumae varieties. The graceful spreading branches are wreathed with heavy clusters of long-stemmed blooms in late April. These large pale pink flowers have densely packed petals surrounding a centre of bright-green, leafy carpels. The leaves appear ahead of the blossom, and are initially a dark copper bronze colour, becoming green over the summer and then yellow in the autumn.
History: Developed in the 1960s by Masatoshi Asari, a cherry enthusiast living on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
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