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Cherry, Autumn Flowering HiganPrunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'

Cherry, Autumn Flowering Higan—Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'

This spectacular, fast-growing flowering cherry tree variety has many unique qualities that make it a perfect addition to your yard. The autumn flowering cherry tree, also known as the autumn blooming higan cherry, is famous for the ability to produce lovely pink buds and white flowers off and on during a warm autumn season and then fully flower in the spring. The showy, ¾" semi-double, 10 petal flowers go through a multitude of color changes from bud to full bloom to fading. Deep pink in bud, turning to light pink when open and fading to almost white when fully open. This quality alone would make it a landscape standout by adding color to your yard in the fall season. In addition to the potential for two blooming seasons, this cherry tree has reliable fall foliage that turns bronze, yellow, gold or deep red tinged; pea-sized black berries for wildlife; and an attractive bark for winter interest. The delicate, upright branching is broad and spreading, often as wide as the tree is tall. It is more cold-hardy, heat- and stress-tolerant and long-lived than other ornamental cherry trees. All this makes it a good choice for landscaping needs. Acidic, moist, well-drained, loam, clay. Full sun to partial shade. 20'–30' high with a 15'–30' spread. (zones 5-8) Special Note: The Autumn Flowering Cherry Tree is one of several cherry trees in the Tidal Basin of Washington DC. This area is the focus of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Zones 5 - 8
Zones 5 - 8

Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 - 8
The Autumn Flowering Higan Cherry can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. (see map below)

Flowering Tree
Flowering Tree

Type of tree:
The Autumn Flowering Higan Cherry falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees

20' - 30' High
20' - 30' High

Mature Height:
The Autumn Flowering Higan Cherry grows to be 20' - 30' feet in height.

15' - 30' Spread
15' - 30' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Autumn Flowering Higan Cherry has a spread of about 15' - 30' at full maturity.

Fast Growth
Fast Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This cherry does well in full sun, partial shade.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
Acidic, moist, well-drained, loam, clay.

Rounded Shape
Rounded Shape

Shape:
This cherry has rounded shape.

More Info
More Info


The Autumn Flowering Higan Cherry can be expected to grow in the zones shown on this map.

Description:
This spectacular fast growing flowering cherry tree variety has many unique qualities that make it a perfect addition to your yard. The autumn flowering cherry tree, also known as the autumn blooming higan cherry, is famous for the ability to produce lovely pink buds and white flowers off and on during a warm autumn season and then fully flower in the spring. The showy, ¾" semi-double, 10 petal flowers go through a multitude of color changes from bud to full bloom to fading. Deep pink in bud, turning to light pink when open and fading to almost white when fully open. This quality alone would make it a landscape standout by adding color to your yard in the fall season. In addition to the potential for two blooming seasons, this cherry tree has reliable fall foliage that turns bronze, yellow, gold or deep-red tinged; pea-sized black berries for wildlife; and an attractive bark for winter interest. The delicate, upright branching is broad and spreading, often as wide as the tree is tall. It is more cold-hardy, heat- and stress-tolerant, and long-lived than other ornamental cherry trees. All this makes it a good choice for landscaping needs. Acidic, moist, well-drained, loam, clay. Full sun to partial shade. 20'–30' high with a 15'–30' spread. (zones 5-8)

Wildlife Value:
In summer, it produces small, black, bitter berry-like fruits enjoyed by birds.

History/Lore/Use:
The Autumn Flowering Cherry Tree is one of several cherry trees in the Tidal Basin of Washington DC. This area is the focus of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Leaves:
Opposite

Flower Color:
Flowers go through a multitude of color changes from bud to full bloom to fading. Deep pink in bud, turning to light pink when open and fading to almost white when fully open.

Bloom Time:
Bloom.