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Prunus serrulata ‘Fugenzo’


Fugenzo is well known for the intense colour shift of its flowers as they age.

Dark pink buds open to a pink-hued white, which are almost pure white in their prime. As the flowers age, they become a vivid pink, which is similar in colour to Kanzan. These colour changes will add  interest to the garden and completely change the aspect of the tree. Flowers are large and fully double, hanging on long stalks, that nod in the breeze.


Flowering at the end of Spring, at the same time as Shogetsu, Fugenzo will extend the cherry blossom season.


Fugenzo is a broad and spreading vase-shape, with a flattened crown. A healthy and vigorous growing tree.  


New growth emerges a copper-red, becoming a light-copper, and then a bright green through spring and summer. As a late flowering variety, Fugenzo is well leafed out when blossom appears around late-October / early November. Autumn colours are yellow and orange.


Named for its association with the Buddhist Saint Fugen, the flowers are thought to represent the sacred white elephant. With references in early literature, dating as far back as the 1400s, Fugenzo’s beauty has withstood the test of time and remains a classic ornamental cherry blossom.


Tree Size: 4 m high and 5 m wide (at 10 years)


Tree Care: For best results plant in full sun in fertile, free draining soil, preferably a friable loam with good aeration.


If the soil is free draining, dig a hole twice the size of the root ball, plant the tree so the top of the root ball is level with the soil line and back fill with a soil and compost mixture. If the soil is not free draining, plant the tree in a raised mound of soil and compost mix, to prevent water logging.


Water in well at planting, and water regularly, especially in dry spells. Cherries are shallow rooted and young trees will benefit from being mulched. Apply mulch in a ring around the tree base, keeping clear of the trunk.



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