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Prunus nipponica kurilensis 'Brilliant' Tree

Japanese Alpine Cherry Trees

from From £21.99 (ex. VAT)
( £26.39 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

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, Prunus 'Brilliant', Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant', Prunus niponica kurilensis 'Brilliant' more ›
Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
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3L pot 40-60cm bush Bush £21.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant' Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant'
5L pot 80-100cm Top grafted at 60cm £24.99 (ex. VAT) was £29.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant' Prunus nipponica 'Brilliant'
10L pot 90-120cm Top grafted at 80cm £44.99 (ex. VAT) was £49.99 (ex. VAT)
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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an email (

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 help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to 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 with a height of 1.5-2 metres) 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 trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

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 and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Prunus Nipponica Brilliant trees

When planting dwarf flowering trees, such as this Prunus Nipponica Brilliant, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown purple leaved plum trees can be planted at any time of the year.

To prepare the site, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5 sizes wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. We recommend using a stake and tie when planting, which will ensure your roots are well anchored. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

After Care Advice for Dwarf Flowering Cherry trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of warm or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little, make sure not to over water.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first 3 years. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.
If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Prunus niponica kurilensis Brilliant trees

Although it is possible to simply leave your dwarf flowering cherry tree to its own devices, it can be encouraged by gentle pruning. If you prune your tree 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. However, the formative pruning that you have already carried out will have led to a healthier tree, less likely to need this.

Prunus nipponica kurilensis 'Brilliant' Tree (Japanese Alpine Cherry Trees) Description

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