Species and varieties in the National Collection of Flowering Cherries at

Keele University

Prunus 'Beni-tamanishiki' (Sato-zakura Group)

Prunus 'Beni-tamanishiki'

Prunus 'Beni-tamanishiki'

Trade Name - Spring Snow. Selected by Masatoshi Asari in Hokkaido, Northern Japan in 1963 from seedlings of a hybrid between double-flowered P. verecunda and a P. lannesiana cultivar. It was introduced to the UK in 2000. The name in Japanese means red ball-brocade, an allusion to its red ball-like buds and flowers. Medium-sized double flowers, white with a faint pink flush. Late flowering. Eventually forms a spreading tree up to 2.5m.

Manual of Japanese Flowering Cherries No. 73; Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 2012.


  • Opposite Holly Cross; Compartment 70; Square H7; Tag 4162. Planted in 2011.