Species and varieties in the National Collection of Flowering Cherries at

Keele University

Prunus 'Yae-murasaki-zakura' (Sato-zakura Group)

Syn. Prunus 'Matsumae-yae-murasaki-zakura'

Prunus 'Yae-murasaki-zakura'

The Japanese name derives from a purplish tint in the rosy-pink flower – it means Double Purple Cherry.

A slow but healthy growing cultivar reaching only 3 m after 20 years so excellent for small gardens. Most commentators consider it worthy of being grown more widely. Mature trees have a broad umbrella-shape, in habit resembling 'Choshu-hizakura' and  ‘Kanzan’. It is extremely floriferous, covering itself with purplish-pink blossom over a long period in late-April to early May.

Winter buds are a rather vivid red colour, leading to bright red flower buds in Spring. The large semi-double (i.e. 8-10 petals) bluish rose-pink flowers 3.5 – 4 cm dia. are produced in great numbers and hang in umbels of 3-4 blooms on long drooping stems among the coppery red foliage. Flowers are normally semi-double but can be single. Flowers of this cultivar are said to have a strong almond scent.

Emergent leaves are reddish-copper coloured, later becoming deep green. They turn a brilliant orange in autumn.

Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 2012.


  • Memorial Garden;  Compartment 24; Square K11; Tag 4191. Planted in 2012.