Species and varieties in the National Collection of Flowering Cherries at

Keele University

Prunus 'Aratama' (Sato-zakura Group)

[Syn: Prunus lannesiana Wilson cv. Aratama]

 Prunus 'Aratama'

Prunus 'Aratama'

Raised/selected by Masatoshi Asari in Hokkaido, Northern Japan. An umbrella-shaped tree, large, to 5-10 m high with double flowers, 26-31 petals, in clusters of 2-3, 5-6 cm dia., deep red or red; opening flat. Buds are deep red. Flowers in mid-May.

Leaves broad-elliptical to ovate-elliptical, dark green with deep double serration on the margins. Young foliage red or pale red, appearing before the flowers.

Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 2012.


  • One by the boundary wall opposite running track; Square G4-H3; Compartment 56K; Tag 4103. Planted in 2009.