February Plant of the Month | Prunus Kojo-no-mai

Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ | Cherry ‘Kojo-no-mai’

Prunus ‘Kojo-no-mai’ is a fantastic deciduous shrub with elegant, layered branches and zig-zag twigs. Pink buds open to delicate single flowers with white petals in early spring that hang in attractive bunches all along the branches and become deeper pink in the centre. This is a fantastic plant for spring interest, and in autumn you will get extra enjoyment as the serrated leaves turn a rich orange.

Prunus 'kojo-no-mai' brings amazing colour to the garden in autumn as well as spring

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' Factfile 

Flowering time: Beautiful white flowers from early spring, orange leaf foliage in the autumn 

Sun Requirements: Full sun 

Soil: Any moist, well-drained soil 

Hardiness: Fully hardy in all of the UK, often down to -20°C 

Size: Grows to 2.5m height x 2.5m spread

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' Growing Guide 


Incorporate plenty of garden compost or well-rotted manure in the hole when planting. 

Hillier tip: For detailed planting advice see our guide to planting large shrubs and trees


Prune lightly in summer after flowering, removing dead, diseased or crossing branches and shaping as desired. Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ will tolerate a harder prune, allowing you to keep its shape small and compact if desired. 


Water well for the first few months after planting – particularly during any dry spells.

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' Planting Ideas 

This brilliant specimen tree suits even small gardens. Plant near to a patio or terrace, or perhaps within a rock garden. 

Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ Fact 

Also known as the ‘Fuji cherry’, Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ is a very popular plant in its native Japan, where it is frequently grown as a bonsai in very small gardens.