Birds & Blooms

Higan Cherry


Prunus subhirtell­a ‘Autumnalis’, Zones 4 to 8

Voluminous semi-double pink flowers bloom in late March or earlier in warmer climates. But as the cultivar name suggests, spring isn’t the only time this tree shines. In fall, look for a crown of thin, yellow leaves. You may see a second but more sparse bloom, too.


Light needs: Full sun to partial shade.

Size: Up to 35 feet tall.

Grown for: Disease resistance, hardiness and a second bloom. Foliage: Narrow lance-shaped or ovate leaves.

Similar species: Try Prunus subhirtell­a ‘Pendula’, known as weeping higan cherry. Dramatic blooms emerge in early spring before leaves sprout.

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