Species and varieties in the National Collection of Flowering Cherries at

Keele University

Prunus 'Benden' (Sato-zakura Group)

[Syn: P. serrulata ‘Benden’, P. serrulata rubida, P. bendeno, P. lannesiana ‘Rubido’].


Prunus 'Benden'

Introduced to the west in 1926, but recorded in Japan (1821 - 1841). 

A funnel-shaped tree to 10 m high, vigorous. In tree shape and colour, it resembles the wild Japanese Mountain Cherry.

Flowers are pale pink c.4 cm dia. Opening flat. 5 petals. Buds are dark pink. Flowers in mid-April (similar to P. ‘Hisakura’ but flowers slightly earlier). Clusters of 2 - 3 or 4 flowers. Young foliage is red-brown. Leaf colour in autumn is a light orange-red.


  • By Lindsey T block; Compartment 33A; square K9; tag 4039. Planted in 2008.