Prunus sargentii at Cathays Cemetery

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Prunus sargentii
late March 2021

Grid reference ST 18107 78460
Common name Sargent's cherry
Alternative name Prunus serrulata var. sachalinensis
Origin Japan and Korea
Deciduous Yes
Map section U
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 7.5M April 2021
Girth Multi-stem
Reference 659

This tree is towards the south end of the cemetery, not far from the Fairoak Road boundary. A typical leaf was measured 80mm long and 45mm broad.

Prunus sargentii bark

Prunus sargentii bark
late March 2021

Prunus sargentii bark2

Prunus sargentii bark
late March 2021

Prunus sargentii flower

Prunus sargentii flower
late March 2021

Prunus sargentii leaf1

Prunus sargentii new leaves
late March 2021

General tree description

Prunus sargentii is a medium sized tree, up to around 15 metres tall in Britain, with a rounded shape that may become wide-spreading with age. Its bark is dark purple-brown and it has large (4cm across) rose-pink flowers that open in late March or early April among the young leaves. The leaves are broadly oblong, up to 14 by 8cm, and toothed. They emerge bronze-red, turn glossy green, and finally in autumn display vivid shades of orange and crimson. Prunus sargentii is one of the first trees to colour in autumn and may also produce glossy 1cm fruits that ripen to purple-black.