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Shogetsu Flowering Cherry

Prunus serrulata 'Shogetsu'

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Shogetsu Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Shogetsu') at Shonnard's Nursery

Shogetsu Flowering Cherry flowers

Shogetsu Flowering Cherry flowers

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Shogetsu Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Shogetsu') at Shonnard's Nursery

Shogetsu Flowering Cherry in bloom

Shogetsu Flowering Cherry in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Oriental Cherry, Japanese Cherry


This cultivar, considered one of the most refined of the Japanese Cherries, is blanketed in showy double light pink flowers in early spring before the leaves; stunning bronze bark, good fall color and a compact habit; needs full sun and well-drained soil

Ornamental Features

Shogetsu Flowering Cherry is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant shell pink flowers with white overtones along the branches in early spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green deciduous foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The serrated pointy leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall. The smooth dark red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Shogetsu Flowering Cherry is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Shogetsu Flowering Cherry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Shogetsu Flowering Cherry will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Flowers  Bark 
Ornamental Features