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Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Tree

Winter Flowering Cherry Tree

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

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.

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
10L pot 120-150cm Top grafted at 100cm £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
45L pot approx 3.0-3.5m Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth £179.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Tree Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Tree
45L pot approx 3.5-4.5m Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth £189.99 (ex. VAT)
Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
55L pot approx 4.5-6.0m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth £199.99 (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. All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge. Although it is rarely a problem, 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.

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 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.

Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' Tree (Winter Flowering Cherry Tree) Description

  • Common name: Winter flowering cherry tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Intermittent white flowers from winter through spring followed by small fruits, dark-green foliage in spring, turning yellow, orange and red in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of all except very wet or chalky soils