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PlantFiles: Japanese bush cherry
Prunus japonica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)

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Edible Fruits and Nuts

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive teds803 On Aug 11, 2010, teds803 from North Augusta, SC wrote:

First saw this plant at Hopeland's Garden in Aiken, SC in mid March, zone 8. It was only growing in part sun, but the branches were literally encircled with flowers that rendered the stems invisible. It forms small red "cherries" which are somewhat ornamental in June and it can be grown from seed when sown in the fall. It needs winter cold for the seed to germinate properly. But it also roots easily from softwood cuttings under mist in spring or summer. We haven't seen any deer damage on it. In Asia the kernals of the seed are used for many medicinal purposes.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Alachua, Florida
North Augusta, South Carolina

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