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.