Species and varieties in the National Collection of Flowering Cherries at

Keele University

Prunus hirtipes 'Malifolia'

Prunus hirtipes 'Malifolia'

Discovered by E.H. ‘Chinese’ Wilson at altitudes up to 1500 m in the mountains of W. Hubei and Sichuan, Central China in 1900 and introduced to the West in 1907

It is a tree with an elegant habit, flowering - early March to April. Fragrant pinkish white flowers c. 3 cm (1.25") dia., after carmine red buds. Slightly later flowering than the type.


  • One by edge of Sports field; compartment 56j; square D7; tag 4072. Planted in 2008.