Higan Cherry (Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 20-35 feet
Plant Spread: 20-30 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Various insects

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 10, 2019 11:20 AM

I remember a few being sold at a nursery where I worked in southeast Pennsylvania. This cultivar of the Higan Cherry gets about 20 to 35 feet high with a rounded crown. This is not a weeping form; the weeping cultivar is Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula.' This Autumn or Winter Higan Cherry bears most of its semi-double, white to pale pink flowers in spring, but it usually bears some flowers in November-December. It also bears some pea-sized black cherries in fall. I don't think it actually is cold hardy to Zone 4, but only to Zone 5b; with sheltering in Zone 5a as possibly successful. I have not seen any ever being grown or planted back in my Chicago, IL, area that is Zone 5a.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Very early blossoming cherry tree by Mindimoo Jun 9, 2019 1:48 PM 2
Early spring bloomer by MISSINGROSIE Mar 8, 2018 10:35 PM 9

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