Prunus japonica Thun.

Japanese Almond-Cherry, Bush Cherry

Form in bloom

Form in bloom


Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 2 to 4' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Flowers in early spring with deep pink flowers all along the stems. Flowers are followed by bright red fruit, like cherries but smaller. Apparently edible!

From Bot. Reg. formed a small branching tree, about five feet high, and was covered with bloom by the beginning of April. The petals of the flower are somewhat multiplied, but not so as to destroy fertility; its small uneatable fruit being (as we were informed) perfected every year, and generally by pairs on each stalk, an effect probably of luxuriant variety.


Native to China, Japan and Korea.

Published in Syst. Veg., ed. 14 463 in 1784.

Basionym of Cerasus japonica (Thunb.) Loisel. Some confusion about which is the accepted name but I have seen no reason yet to replace the Genus with Cerasus.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 27 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. ...its introduction is due to the late Mr. Charles Greville, who received it from China, and was the first to cultivate it in his botanic garden at Paddington.


My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Woodlanders in April 2011 which came from Bobby Green of Green Nursery, Alabama. I planted it behind the garage.

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