Species and varieties in the National Collection of Flowering Cherries at

Keele University

Prunus 'Hata-zakura' (Sato-zakura Group)

Prunus 'Hata-zakura'

Hata-zakura means Flag-cherry, referring to the prescence of flag-like (vexillate) petals at the heart of the flower, though it has been suggested that the name refers to the ragged edges of the petals resembling the tattered fringe of a wind-torn flag. It originated from a cherry still growing at the Hakusan Shrine in Tokyo. Its full name should be ‘Hakusan-hata-zakura’. It is somewhat similar to ‘Ariake’.

Pale pink buds open to smallish white single, slightly scented, flowers with 5 petals but with 1 – 4 central petalloids. It flowers early and eventually forms a broadly fastigiated shape.


  • One specimen by Chancellor's Building; Compartment 49B; Square L6; Tag 4029. Planted in 2008.