Flowering Cherry Collection

Here are 26 of the species and cultivars represented in Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Flowering Cherry Collection. Select “About” to learn more about each cultivar’s blossom characteristics and where to find specimens at BBG.

Prunus ‘Accolade’

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About Prunus ‘Accolade’

Prunus ‘Accolade’ is an English hybrid between P. subhirtella and P. sargentii. It was first released in 1952 by Knap Hill Nurseries. This tree bears clusters of semidouble, 12-petaled pale pink flowers that open from dark pink buds in early spring.

Location at BBG

  • Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (North Perimeter)

Prunus ‘Snow Goose’

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About Prunus ‘Snow Goose’

One of the newest additions to Brooklyn Botanic Garden's collection, ‘Snow Goose’ is an early flowering, very fragrant cultivar with a distinctive upright, flat-topped form. White cup-like blossoms are borne singly or in pairs.

Location at BBG

  • Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (East)

Prunus × dawyckensis

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About Prunus × dawyckensis

Thought to be a natural hybrid raised from a seed sent from China by E.H. Wilson in 1907, this tree’s dark brown bark and fleshy amber-red fruits are its chief characteristics. Single flowers, borne in clusters of three or four, are pale pink to white.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area

Prunus × hillieri ‘Spire’

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About Prunus × hillieri ‘Spire’

As its name suggests, this cherry has an upright, narrow conical shape. It is excellent for small gardens and for use as a street tree. Medium-size single flowers create a soft pink cloud in spring; the autumn foliage is also attractive. Prunus × hillieri is a cross between P. incisa and P. sargentii; the cultivar 'Spire' was introduced in 1956.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area

Prunus × sieboldii

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About Prunus × sieboldii

This tree, among the smaller flowering cherries, produces dark pink buds that open to solid pink blossoms.

Location at BBG

  • Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Prunus × yedoensis

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About Prunus × yedoensis

The single pink blossoms become white with age on Yoshino cherries—considered to be the most widely cultivated cherry in Japan, particularly around Tokyo. The flowers are faintly fragrant. In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo presented the United States with 800 Yoshino cherries, the basis for the famous Tidal Basin display in Washington, DC.

Location at BBG

  • Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (East)

Prunus × yeodensis ‘Akebono’

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About Prunus × yeodensis ‘Akebono’

This medium-size tree produces very attractive light pink semidouble flowers that appear before its dark green leaves emerge. Akebono translates as “dawn” or “daybreak.”

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area
    Parking Lot Hill

Prunus ‘Jugatsu-zakura’

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About Prunus ‘Jugatsu-zakura’

Formerly known as, ‘Autumnalis’, ‘Jugatsu-zakura’ begins blooming around October, continues sporadically into December, and finishes in the spring with a last burst coinciding with new foliage. Pale pink flowers are single to double and can be quite striking during winter thaws.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area
    Washington Avenue Display

Prunus ‘Kanzan’

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About Prunus ‘Kanzan’

This popular cultivar is considered by many to be the most showy ornamental cherry. Flowering is extravagant, with pink, almost magenta double blossoms borne in hanging clusters of two to five blossoms. Cherry Walk and Cherry Esplanade provide an opulent annual display of ‘Kanzan’. Until recently, this cultivar was known as ‘Sekiyama’.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Esplanade
    Cherry Walk
    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (South of Pond)
    Osborne Garden (East)
    Osborne Garden (Hill)
    West of Herb Garden

Prunus ‘Okame’

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About Prunus ‘Okame’

This hybrid of the Formosan and Fuji cherries was introduced to Europe in 1947 by Collingwood Ingram, a renowned authority on Japanese flowering cherries. Its deep carmine-rose buds open to lighter-tinted flowers before leaves appear. This small- to medium-size tree is excellent for small gardens and is also showy in fall, with orange-red leaves. This variety is recommended by the Garden Club of America's book, Plants That Merit Attention.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area
    South of Rose Family Bed

Prunus ‘Shirotae’

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About Prunus ‘Shirotae’

The name of this double-flowered cherry means “snow white”; it is sometimes also referred to as ‘Mount Fuji’. The tree’s pink-tinted buds open to clusters of dazzling white, fragrant flowers. These wide-spreading trees grow to 25 feet tall.

Location at BBG

  • Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
    Osborne Garden (East)
    Overlook Slope

Prunus hirtipes

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About Prunus hirtipes

The introduction of this early-blooming cherry to the Western Hemisphere is attributed to plant explorer E.H. Wilson, who made numerous sojourns to the hills of western China in the early 1900s. Following on the heels of the snowdrops, this elegant cherry (formerly known as Prunus conradinae) produces slightly fragrant single flowers, white with a pale pink cast, in early April or occasionally late March.

Location at BBG

  • Prunus Lawn

Prunus pendula ‘Yae-Beni-Shidare’

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About Prunus pendula ‘Yae-Beni-Shidare’

This weeping cherry is also called the Sendai spring cherry. It has red buds that open to double pink flowers on broadly weeping branches.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Esplanade
    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Prunus sargentii ‘Fudan-zakura’

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About Prunus sargentii ‘Fudan-zakura’

Fudan zakura means “continuous cherry.” Known to bloom for long periods in Japan, this rather small tree flowers off and on throughout mild winters. The flower buds are pale pink, opening to white flowers.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area
    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
    Parking Lot Hill

Prunus serrulata ‘Ariake’

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About Prunus serrulata ‘Ariake’

This cultivar is thought to have been first introduced to the United States in 1912 as part of Washington DC’s Potomac Park flowering cherry collection. Its single large flowers are white to pale pink; mature trees may produce an additional petal in flower centers.

Location at BBG

  • Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
    Overlook Slope

Prunus serrulata ‘Hatazakura’

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About Prunus serrulata ‘Hatazakura’

Hatazakura means “flag cherry.” This medium-size tree produces a profusion of five-petaled pale pink blossoms that turn white when fully open. The tree originated from a celebrated cherry still grown at the Hakusan Shrine in Tokyo.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area

Prunus serrulata ‘Horinji’

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About Prunus serrulata ‘Horinji’

This cultivar's dark pink buds open to semidouble flowers with soft white or pale pink petals set against rich pinkish-purple outer petals. This profusely flowering small tree is named for an ancient Buddhist temple in Kyoto.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area
    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (South of Pond)

Prunus serrulata ‘Kuramayama’

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About Prunus serrulata ‘Kuramayama’

The flowers of this double-flowered cherry are pink with pale centers and hang in clusters of three or four. The buds are a slightly deeper pink.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area

Prunus serrulata ‘Ojochin’

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About Prunus serrulata ‘Ojochin’

The flowers are single, large—up to two inches across—and flat; pink buds open to faintly pink to white blossoms borne in pendent clusters. Ojochin means “large lantern.” This tree—one of the larger flowering cherries—has a wide-spreading habit.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area

Prunus serrulata ‘Shogetsu’

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About Prunus serrulata ‘Shogetsu’

Three to six flowers hang in pendulous clusters on this medium-size cultivar. Shell-pink buds open to semidouble white or faintly pink flowers. Shogetsu means “moon hanging low by a pine tree.”

Location at BBG

  • Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (South of Pond)
    Osborne Garden

Prunus serrulata ‘Taoyame’

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About Prunus serrulata ‘Taoyame’

Scions of this variety were sent from Japan in 1929 from a tree near the Hirano Shrine in Kyoto. Soft-pink semidouble flowers contrast with a deeper pink on the backs and edges of the petals. Early leaves of a rich purplish-brown tone act as a foil to unfolding blossoms. Taoyame translates as “attractive woman.”

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area
    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (East)

Prunus serrulata ‘Ukon’

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About Prunus serrulata ‘Ukon’

This cultivar produces an abundance of large, semidouble flowers of a yellowish or pale green color (ukon, for “turmeric,” refers to its unusual color). A hint of pink on the petals adds to the drama of this attractive cherry. Like many of the Prunus serrulata cultivars, ‘Ukon’ was introduced to Western gardeners in the early 20th century.

Location at BBG

  • Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
    Osborne Garden

Prunus subhirtella

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About Prunus subhirtella

This tree is also called a higan cherry and produces delicate pink blossoms on branches that take a wide-spreading, vase-shaped form.

Location at BBG

  • Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’

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About Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’

Seeds of this variety, often called weeping higan cherry, were first brought from Japan around 1862 by plant hunter Philipp Franz von Siebold. They produce delicate blossoms in colors ranging from nearly white to pale pink.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area
    Cherry Esplanade
    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Prunus subhirtella ‘Rosy Cloud’

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About Prunus subhirtella ‘Rosy Cloud’

This lovely cultivar produces soft-pink double flowers and attractive autumn foliage. It grows to 20 to 25 feet with an upright spreading habit.

Location at BBG

  • Cherry Cultivars Area

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