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Prunus serrula Tree

Tibetan Cherry Trees

from From £44.99 (ex. VAT)
Was: £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £53.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

Prunus Serrula is a magnificent, small garden tree for year round interest with its most prominent feature being its tactile, polished bark. The smooth, mahogany bark peels in translucent cinnamon and honey coloured sheets to reveal a fresh new hue of bronze-red gloss beneath. Caught in autumn sunlight this tree almost glows.

The foliage is narrow and willow-like and displays an intense mid/dark-green colour turning a lovely rich yellow  in the autumn. In April-May, small white flowers are produced and although they are not very prominent, the stunning bark and interesting foliage offer plenty more features to admire.

This ornamental tree will grow to 5 x 4 metres in 20 years when grown as a single stem and is ideal for restricted spaces, especially those in urban areas as it is tolerant of pollution. This Tibetan Cherry tree grows well in most conditions but it's best to avoid wet or shallow, chalky sites. If you only have the room for one tree then Prunus Serrula should most definitely be in the running for centre stage and not surprisingly, it justly deserves the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

As with other varieties grown for decorative bark, you can clean and brighten the bark on a mature tree, with cool water and a soft sponge (clean of detergent).

AKA Tibetan cherry tree, Birch barked cherry, Paperbark Cherry, Flowering cherry tree, Cherry blossom tree, Ornamental cherry

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Prunus serrula Prunus serrula
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £44.99 (ex. VAT) was £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus serrula Prunus serrula
45L pot 3.5 - 4.5m Heavy Standard Tree approx 12-14cm girth £239.99 (ex. VAT) was £249.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus serrula Prunus serrula
45L pot 3.5 - 4m Multi-stem £329.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver and this takes a bit of scheduling.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge. Although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

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

Smaller trees/bushes have a delivery charge of £7.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Medium trees of a height of 1.5-2 metres have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Orders for multiple trees have a single delivery cost of £12.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands).

Mature trees and pleached trees are more expensive to deliver. Cost varies by postcode and is calculated in the check out process. You can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost, so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

Highlands and Islands charges start from £29.95 plus vat and are calculated in the check out process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Overseas Destinations

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 Serrula trees

When planting Tibetan cherry trees, such as this Birch Barked Cherry, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown cherry blossom 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 Tibetan 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 Serrula trees

Although it is possible to simply leave your 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 serrula Tree (Tibetan Cherry Trees) Description

  • Common name: Tibetan cherry tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Year round
  • Foliage: Exfoliating bark providing year round interest with small white flowers in spring and mid-dark foliage that turns yellow and red in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerates most types except very wet or chalky soils