|Cultivar 'Pendula', "Weeping Higan Cherry"|
Prunus subhirtella (Prunus × subhirtella), the winter-flowering cherry, spring cherry, Higan cherry, or rosebud cherry, is a small deciduous flowering tree originating in Japan, but unknown in the wild. It is one of 400 species of the Prunus genus. It is probably of hybrid origin between Prunus incisa and Prunus spachiana.
Fruit and flowers
The leaves of P. subhirtella have some garden value for their autumn colour.
The flowers can be used as indoor decorations.
Several garden forms are known. The cultivar 'Jugatsu-zakura' (incorrectly known as Prunus × subhirtella 'Autumnalis') is widely grown for its propensity to flower during mild winter weather. The cultivar P. × subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' is widely grown in gardens, and has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
A Higan cherry tree in full flower during late December in Boston's Public Garden.
Miharu Takizakura, perhaps the most famous tree in Japan, being 1000 years old.
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- The European Garden Flora. IV. 1995.
— Hillier's Manual of Trees and Shrubs.
- Nicholson, B.E.; Wallis, Michael (1963). The Oxford Book of Garden Flowers (Revised ed.). London: Oxford University Press (published 1973). p. viii. ISBN 1131802403.
- Botany Photo of the Day, 7 February 2011, the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research
- "RHS Plant Selector - Prunus × subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea'". Archived from the original on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
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