Prunus ‘Shirofugen’ looking lovely at the moment, underplanted with wild garlic (Allium ursinum).
‘Shirofugen’ has tasteful pale pink double flowers which droop languidly, and are accompanied by the emerging bronze foliage.
This tree is growing in a front garden in South Croydon, on thin chalky soil. It was planted 9 years ago, and as you can see it is the perfect size for the space. The client kept the label and we noted the height guideline ’23ft at maturity’. It will be many years before it is anywhere near that size, so there’s an argument for saying don’t be too put off by these figures – enjoy the tree for the years that it is manageable, and the tree can be removed if and when it gets too big.