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row of autumnalis cherry blossom trees in full bloom in spring closeup of delicate pink flowers on autumnalis cherry blossom branch rosebud cherry tree higan winter flowering cherry tree Closeup of cluster of flowers blooming light white pink with pin buds autumnalis cherry

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Autumnalis Cherry Blossom Tree

Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'

Higan Cherry Trees, or Autumnalis Cherry Trees, are known to bloom with soft pinkish-white flowers both in the very early spring and again in warm fall seasons. These cherry trees are considered to be hardier and faster growing than other varieties and are part of the famous Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms.

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Autumnalis Cherry Blossom Trees are known by many names and beloved for many reasons. One of the oldest varieties of cherry blossom trees, Autumnalis cherry trees are known to be one of the first trees to show their pale pink flowers in early spring, and then they bloom again in warm autumn seasons. These trees offer year-round interest, from their bright bronze foliage in the fall to their handsome bark in the winter. In the summer these trees are perfect for your bird-friendly gardens since they provide a valuable food source for your local wildlife. If you want to enjoy your cherry tree every day of the year, the Autumnalis Cherry Tree is for you.

Other names include Higan Cherry, Rosebud Cherry, Spring Cherry, winter-flowering Cherry, Pendula Cherry, or Autumn Cherry Tree.


Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Mature Height: 20 to 30 feet tall
Mature Width: 15 to 30 feet wide
Classification: Deciduous tree, spring and autumn flowering
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Foliage: Green turning bronze & gold in the fall
Flower Color: Pinkish white flowers from bright pink buds
Pruning Season: Prune in summer after flowering if at all, little required
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil, slightly moist
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Ornamental flowering tree, specimen or in groups lining streets and walkways, bird-friendly
Growzone: 4-8 Autumnalis Cherry Blossom Tree Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Autumnalis Cherry Blossom Tree

When purchasing your Higan Autumnalis Cherry Tree, we recommend you read the recommended care instructions to ensure a happy and thriving tree as it adjusts to its new home.

How do I plant my Higan Cherry Tree?

How do I plant my Higan Cherry Tree?

First, unbox your tree, water it in its container, and let it rest for a day in a shady outdoor spot near where you will be planting. Dig a hole 2 to 3 times as wide and the same depth as the container in which your tree arrived, and choose a location that will receive at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Amend the soil at the bottom of the tree with topsoil and peat moss, or other organic matter that adds nutrition and improves drainage. A 50/50 mix of native soil and soil amendments make a good ratio. The next day, remove your tree from its nursery container, and position the tree in the center of the hole. Backfill the hole with the same 50/50 mix of native soil and organic matter, gently patting the soil in as you go. Make sure not to plant the tree too deep - you should still be able to see some of the soil it arrived in once you have completely backfilled the planting hole. Then, water the area thoroughly (at least 15 to 20 seconds of water for 3 gallon pot, 25 to 30 seconds for a 5 gallon pot, etc). Add a 2 to 3 inch layer of organic hardwood mulch over the dripline of your new tree (keep an inch away from the trunk), and stake it gently to help improve stability while it becomes established.

How often do I need to water my winter flowering cherry tree?

How often do I need to water my winter flowering cherry tree?

Higan cherry trees prefer evenly moist but very well draining soil, they do not do well in boggy conditions or when they sit in water for too long. This is why we recommend adding peat moss or other organic matter to the soil when first planting, to assit in creating proper drainage. When you first plant your tree, you will probably need to water it every 2 to 3 days, depending on your weather and how quickly the top 3 inches dry out. We recommend watering the area for 5 seconds for every gallon size - i.e. 5 seconds for a 1 gallon pot, 15 seconds for a 3 gallon pot, 25 for a 5 gallon pot, and so forth. After a couple of weeks, you should back your watering down to once a week or so. Once your tree is established, after a few months, you should only need to water the area if there has been a lack of natural rain or a very dry, hot spell.

How much sun does a Rosebud cherry trees require?

How much sun does a Rosebud cherry trees require?

Autumnalis cherry blossom trees will do best in an area with full sun and lots of air circulation. They can tolerate partial shade, but it is best to make sure these trees receive at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Since they are slightly more cold tolerant than other flowering cherry trees, you should not need to worry about protecting them from windy or exposed areas as you would other flowering trees.

Do I need to prune my Autumnalis Cherry Tree?

Do I need to prune my Autumnalis Cherry Tree?

Cherry trees do not typically require much pruning, if any at all. Typically you should only have to remove dead or diseased branches, or branches that rub against other branches and damage the bark. Wait until summer to prune, when the spring bloom cycle has finished. Prune these branches with sterilized pruning shears the correct size for the thickness of the branch. If you want to shape your tree or create more airflow within an older tree, this should also be done in early summer and sparingly.


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