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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 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 willow-like, narrow foliage of Prunus serrula 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 not the most prominent, are a pleasant addition to the stunning bark and interesting foliage. It justly deserves the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Also known as the Tibetan Cherry tree, this small 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 suited to urban areas as it is tolerant of pollution, the Tibetan Cherry grows well in most conditions but it's best to avoid wet or shallow, chalky sites.

AKA P. serrula, Tibetan cherry tree, Birch bark cherry tree, Paperbark cherry tree

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
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10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £44.99 (ex. VAT) was £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus serrula Prunus serrula
12L pot 150-200cm Multi-stem £59.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus serrula Prunus serrula
45L pot approx 3.0-3.5m Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth £189.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus serrula Prunus serrula
45L pot approx 3.5-4.5m Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth £239.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus serrula Prunus serrula
45L pot approx 4.5-6.0m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth £259.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus serrula Prunus serrula
45L pot approx 3.5-4.0m Multi-stem £329.99 (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 (sales@ornamental-trees.co.uk).

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 serrula Trees

Pot grown Tibetan Cherry trees 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 to ensure your roots are well anchored. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would also advise using a rabbit guard.

The tree planting guide has more detailed information, as well as videos on planting trees and using stakes and ties.

 

After Care Advice For Prunus serrula Tree

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. It is important to keep an eye on young trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather.

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.

You can clean and brighten the bark on mature Paperbark Cherry trees with cool water and a soft sponge (free of detergent).

 

Pruning Advice For Prunus serrula Tree

Although it is possible to simply leave your Tibetan 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