Species and varieties in the National Collection of Flowering Cherries at

Keele University

Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis'  (Autumn Cherry)

[Syn: Jugatsu Sakura (Cherry of the tenth month or October Cherry); P. microlepsis, P. miqueliana; P. x subhirtella Miquel ‘Autumnalis (Autumn-flowered higoan cherry); P. x subhirtella 'ascendens pendula autumnalis'].



Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis

Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis

Introduced into Europe c.1901, but an old garden form, recorded in Japan 1821-1841.

A cultivar of the Wild Spring Cherry P. subhirtella which itself has been grown for centuries in Japan but only introduced to Britain in 1894. This is a popular variety, introduced in 1901. The flowers are white, semi double (pink in bud) and about 20mm across. They are produced sparingly on bare branches from November and continue through to March. A second flush is then produced in April as the leaves start to emerge. The leaves are red or orange in the autumn. 

Young leaves are pale bronze to bronze-green (RHS 173C) in Spring with pubescent twigs.

It has a rather open and upright habit, growing to 10m with a spread of 8m. It is one of the best-known autumn flowering cherries.

Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 1912 and 1924.


  • One specimen between Walter Moberly Hall and Tawney Building on Cherry Tree Walk; compartment 44c; tag 4015. Planted in 2002.