Species and varieties in the National Collection of Flowering Cherries at
Note the new pure white flowers amongst the older pink-stamened ones.
The name derives from the Japanese term for "Seagull" and refers to the abundant single white flowers 4cm across with pinkish stamens that become more prominent with age. The leaves emerge with the flowers giving light green hints in the sea of white. In autumn the tree puts on a magnificent display with colours of orange, red and purple. It is a medium to large tree to 7m at maturity, producing a crown that is fairly upright when it is young, broadening to an upside down vase shape at maturity.
RHS Award of Garden Merit 1928.
- Two by the rear of Comus kitchens; compartment 53C; square K6; tags 4021, 4024. Planted in 1998.