Species and varieties in the National Collection of Flowering Cherries at

Keele University

Prunus 'Shizuka' ('Matsumae-shizuka')

(Sato-zakura Group)

Prunus 'Shizuka'

Trade name - Fragrant Cloud . The name 'Shizuka' means ‘quiet fragrance’ in Japanese. Raised/selected by Masatoshi Asari in Hokkaido, Northern Japan in 1960 by crossing cv. ‘Erecta’ with cv. 'Amayadori'. The purpose was to try to breed strong fragrant white-flowered cherries, which were rare in Hokkaido at that time.

Highly scented semi-double white flowers. Good autumn colours.

Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 2012.


  • One on west side of Sports Field; Compartment 56D; Square I2; Tag 4116. Planted at Keele in 2009.