Prunus incisa

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Prunus incisa
Prunus incisa [1]
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Subgenus: Prunus subg. Cerasus
P. incisa
Binomial name
Prunus incisa

Prunus incisa, the Fuji cherry,[3] is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, which gets its scientific name from the deep incisions on the leaves. It is an endemic species in Japan and grows wild in Kantō, Chūbu and Kinki regions. It is called the Fuji cherry because it grows in particular abundance around Mount Fuji and Hakone.[4] A dainty slow-growing, early white-flowering cherry tree, this century-old cultigen from Hondo, Japan is highly regarded as an ornamental but the wood has no industrial value. It is hardy to -20 °C, and crossed with Prunus speciosa, has yielded the cultivar Prunus 'Umineko'.[5] It is in the ornamental section Pseudocerasus of the cherry subgenus Cerasus of the genus Prunus. Ma et al. classified it in a group with Prunus nipponica.[6]

The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:[7]

  • 'The Bride'[8]
  • 'Kojo-no-mai'[9]
  • 'Oshidori'[10]
  • Prunus incisa f. yamadei[11]
Cultivar 'Kojo-no-Mai' in autumn colours

'Kojo-no-Mai' is a cultivar suitable for the very small garden, as with judicious pruning it can be kept to a maximum size of 1.5–2 m (5–7 ft). In a large pot it will produce a dome of twiggy growth, and has the added bonus of brilliant autumn colour.[12][13]

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  1. ^ Cirrus Digital: Fuji Cherry Prunus incisa
  2. ^ Pollard, R.P.; Rhodes, L.; Maxted, N. (2020). "Prunus incisa". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T50475511A174151190. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-2.RLTS.T50475511A174151190.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Prunus incisa". Germplasm Resources Information Network. Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  4. ^ Toshio Katsuki. (2015) Sakura. pp.170–173 Iwanami Shoten. ISBN 978-4004315346
  5. ^ More, D.; White, J. (2003). Cassell's Trees of Britain & Northern Europe. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 535. ISBN 0304361925.
  6. ^ Ma, Hongmei; Olsen, Richard; Pooler, Margaret (2009). "Evaluation of Flowering Cherry Species, Hybrids, and Cultivars Using Simple Sequence Repeat Markers". Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. 134 (4): 435–444. doi:10.21273/JASHS.134.4.435.
  7. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 107. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Prunus incisa 'The Bride'". RHS. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Prunus incisa 'Ko-jo-no-mai'". RHS. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Prunus incisa 'Oshidori'". RHS. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Prunus incisa f. yamadei". RHS. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  12. ^ Royal Horticultural Society: Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai Archived 2013-02-08 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Prunus incisa 'Kojo-No-Mai' (Flowering Cherry)".

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