Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Tree

Cheals Weeping Cherry Trees
  • From £49.99 (ex VAT)

Commonly known as Cheals Weeping Cherry, this is one of the smallest weeping Cherry Blossom trees around and is ideal for small spaces or container growing. Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' grows to an estimated height and spread of just 3 x 3 metres in 20 years and has arching, pendulous branches.

Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' may be small, but offers a stunning display of large, deep-pink, double flowers that are almost spherical and up to 4cm wide. The pendulous branches are coated in these magnificent flowers in April-May.

Bronzed new foliage turns a glossy green before reclaiming hints of bronze and orange in the autumn. A tough little tree, 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' is tolerant of pollution and copes with most soils except very wet or chalky, shallow conditions.

AKA Cheals Weeping Cherry, Weeping Chrysanthemum cherry, Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-sakura', Prunus sakura,

  • Common name: Cheal’s Weeping Cherry
  • Latin name: Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 3 x 3 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Blossom: Large, almost spherical double pink flowers in spring
  • Foliage: Bronzed new foliage turns mid-green then bronze/orange
  • Soil: Suited to most soils except very wet or chalky conditions

Planting Advice For Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'

Our pot grown Cheals Weeping Cherry trees can be planted at any time of the year. Choosing a location away from strong winds protects the blossom display. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting Cheals Weeping Cherry trees (except multi-stem forms) with a stake and tie kit to ensure the roots are well anchored - instructions are in the planting guide.

Aftercare Advice For Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'

When planting Weeping Cherry trees in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. When planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. See Irrigation kits.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Trees

Although you can leave Cheals Weeping Cherry trees to their own devices, they react much better to heavy pruning in the first few years. Prune in the dormant season, removing any branches growing upwards or straight down. A tip to encourage a good weeping shape is to always prune to an upwards facing bud.

On top grafted forms, very occasionally the grafted stem may produce shoots and these should be pruned back

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Form: Top grafted at 140cm Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Top grafted at 140cm 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Form: Top grafted at 120cm Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Top grafted at 120cm 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 45L pot Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Price £179.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 45L pot £179.99 (ex VAT)
Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 55L pot Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Price £199.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 55L pot £199.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)