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Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Tree

Cheals Weeping Cherry Trees
  • From £59.99 (ex VAT)

Known as Cheals Weeping Cherry, Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' is one of the smallest weeping Cherry Blossom trees around and is ideal for small spaces or container growing. Despite its compact size, 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' offers a stunning display of large, deep-pink, double flowers that are almost spherical and up to 4cm wide.

In addition to the magnificent flowers in April-May, bronzed new foliage turns a glossy green before reclaiming hints of bronze and orange in the autumn. 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.

A tough little tree, Cheals Weeping Cherry is tolerant of pollution and copes with most soils except damp or chalky, shallow conditions. We offer this popular Cherry Blossom tree in a variety of forms, including mature versions.

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

  • Common name: Cheal’s Weeping Cherry
  • Latin: Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 3 x 3 metres
  • Blossom: Large, almost spherical double pink flowers in spring
  • Foliage: Bronzed in spring, matures to green, yellow/orange in autumn
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Soil: Suited to most well draining soils except 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

Covid-19: We're pleased to announce that we are back up and running in line with government advice. As you can imagine we have a bit of a backlog of orders and are catching up as we write, so please expect a slightly longer lead time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Trees on pre-order are not ready to send out yet and an estimate of when they will be ready for despatch is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

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

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland 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.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is 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 for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

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.

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.

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.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

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

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

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: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Form: Tree Top grafted at 150cm Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Tree Top grafted at 150cm 150-200cm 10L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Form: Tree Top grafted at 140cm Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Price £64.99 (ex VAT)
Tree Top grafted at 140cm 150-200cm 10L pot £64.99 (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 £199.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 45L pot £199.99 (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 £219.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 55L pot £219.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)