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Prunus nipponica kurilensis 'Brilliant' Tree

Japanese Alpine Cherry Trees
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Prunus nipponica kurilensis 'Brilliant' is a small, bushy tree offering eye-catching, pink/white, single flowers that appear in April and are very popular with bees. Rusty-bronze foliage appears in the spring decorating the chestnut brown branches. The leaves of this dwarf flowering cherry tree are coarsely serrated and mid-green before turning orange and red in autumn.

This Japanese Alpine Cherry, as it is more commonly known, is tolerant of most situations, including pollution but it’s best to avoid very wet or shallow, chalky sites. An ideal ornamental tree for a smaller garden, Prunus 'Brilliant' will grow to an estimated height and spread of about 2.5 x 2.5 metres in 20 years.

AKA Japanese alpine cherry tree, Dwarf Japanese cherry tree, Kurile cherry 'Brilliant', Prunus 'Brilliant', Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant',

  • Common name: Dwarf Japanese cherry tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2.5 x 2.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Flowers: Pink/white flowers in spring
  • Foliage: Rusty-bronze in spring, mid-green in summer, orange/red in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of all but very wet or chalky soils

Planting Advice For Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant'

Our pot grown Japanese Alpine 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 Japanese Alpine 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.

After Care For Prunus nipponica kurilensis 'Brilliant'

When planting Alpine 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 nipponica kurilensis 'Brilliant' Trees

Although it is possible to leave your Japanese Alpine Cherry tree to its own devices, if you prune it for the first few years it will create a more balanced branch framework. Prune after flowering i.e. after the petals have dropped but before the new shoot growth appears.

After two to three years, you will only need to remove any damaged or unwanted branches. The formative pruning previously carried out will have led to a healthier tree less likely to need this though. On top grafted forms, very occasionally the grafted stem may produce shoots and these should be pruned back.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). 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.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £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 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + 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.

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. 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.

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 nipponica 'Brilliant' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 40-60cm Root type: 3L pot Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant' Price £21.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 40-60cm 3L pot £21.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant' Form: Top grafted at 100cm Supplied Size: 125-175cm Root type: 12L pot Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Top grafted at 100cm 125-175cm 12L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant' Form: Top grafted at 80cm Supplied Size: 120-150cm Root type: 7.5L pot Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant' Price £44.99 (ex VAT) Was £49.99 (ex VAT)
Top grafted at 80cm 120-150cm 7.5L pot £44.99 (ex VAT) Was £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant' Price £54.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £54.99 (ex VAT)
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