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Cultural Details for Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'

Common Name:
Autumn Flowering Higan Cherry

Growth Rate:
Fast. Rounded shape with multiple trunks

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Semi-double, 10-petal, .75" diameter; during a warm fall buds will open sporadically and then fully flower the following spring—late March to early April. Flowers are deep pink in bud, open to light pink and finally almost white; very showy

Fruit Details:
Oval-rounded, red maturing to black, 0.33" diameter, attracts birds

Fall Color:
Yellow to bronze foliage; sporadic flowering during fall warmth

Bark Details:
Forked trunk, erect twiggy branches with slender whip-like twigs; showy horizontal lenticels

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Numerous insect and disease problems

Native Habitat:
Japan; introduced 1894

Other Features:
Once established, long-lived

Culture and Care:
Prefers moist, well-drained acidic soil in full sun to part shade, but is soil adaptable. Easily transplanted from bare root, BNB, or container. Can be rooted from firm wood cuttings in June and July. Zones 4-8, hardy in zone 5

This plant was blooming:
3/24/2010 - 4/19/2010
3/30/2007 - 5/2/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
3820, 3830, 5080

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.