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Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Tree

Winter Flowering Cherry Tree
  • From £49.99 (ex VAT)
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A winter wonder, Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' produces a welcome display of semi-double white flowers, some with a pink tinge from deep pink buds, intermittently from November-March. This delightful visual treat in icy, grey weather makes 'Autumnalis' a very popular small tree with Winter interest.

Flowers are followed by small fruit that are popular with the birds. A good foil for other plants, dark-green foliage turns attractive shades of yellow, orange and red in the autumn.

This ornamental tree is an ideal candidate for confined spaces as it grows to only 4 x 4 metres in 20 years when planted in any but wet or shallow chalky soils. It is pollution tolerant, making it well suited to an urban environment. A wonderful choice when there is only room for one tree.

AKA Winter cherry tree, Autumn cherry tree, Winter flowering cherry, Higan cherry, Ornamental cherry, Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis

  • Common name: Winter flowering cherry tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: dark-green in spring, yellow/orange/red in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of all except very wet or chalky soils

Planting Advice for Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Trees

When planting winter flowering cherry trees, it is important to prepare the planting area well. If you have purchased a bare root flowering cherry tree you will be planting between November and March. If you are not planting your bare root flowering cherry tree straight away, it is best to ‘heel in’ your tree. Dig a hole in an unused area of soil and pop the roots of the tree in then gently firm around. If you’re planting within a day or two, you can untie the bag around the roots, water, re-tie and then store in a frost free garage or shed. Pot grown flowering cherry 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 or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root 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.

Aftercare Advice for Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' 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 x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' 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. On top grafted forms, very occasionally the grafted stem may produce shoots and these should be pruned back.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can give instructions on where to leave them via the checkout or 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 assistance.

Gift trees and those required for arrival 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 with a height under 1.5 metres) : £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 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

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 to see if we can find a solution.

Form refers to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. The photos within the product tables can help you visualise it - click on the photo to enlarge it. For more information, see our Tree Forms Guide or phone our team.

Pruned and shaped: A tree that has had pruning to help create a beautiful overall shape, with the pruning being tailored to the variety. It is our most popular form.

Top grafted: A top grafted tree has a height noted next to the form (e.g. 'Top grafted at 45cm'), which refer to the clear stem height. This bare stem will not grow taller, only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small gardens or patios.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is 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.

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.

Bush: On our website a bush means a plant with many stems low down, rather than one singular clear stem.

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 ground to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (the circumference of the stem measured 1m above ground), 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 x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Form: Top grafted at 100cm Supplied Size: 120-150cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Top grafted at 100cm 120-150cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Price £179.99 (ex VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot £179.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Tree Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Tree Price £189.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £189.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Price £199.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot £199.99 (ex VAT)
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