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Cherry, Autumn Flowering Higan Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'

Autumn Flowering Higan Cherry - Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
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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.

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Zones 5 - 8 Zones 5 - 8
Hardiness 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. View Map
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree
Type of tree
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.
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.

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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

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