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Japanese column cherry


from 400.00cm to 700.00cm
Growth width
from 100.00cm to 200.00cm
Ornamental or utility value
  • Floral decoration
  • picturesque growth
  • Nectar or pollen plant
  • Single position
  • House tree
  • Street greening
  • Discounts
Garden style
  • Formal garden
  • patio
  • Japanese garden
  • Park area


The Japanese column cherry (Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’) is an attractive flowering wood that is wonderfully suitable for small gardens and front gardens. It is a cultivated form of the Japanese flowering cherry that is native to China, Japan and Korea and belongs to the rose family (Rosaceae). Botanically, Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’ is also often assigned to the Prunus Sato-zakura group.


Its name already gives it away: the Japanese column cherry grows up in a narrow columnar shape. The tall shrub or small tree reaches a height of four to seven meters, the width is only one to two meters. The ornamental wood is often characterized by several main trunks of equal strength.


The deciduous leaves of Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’ are alternate, pointed-elliptical and single or double serrated. In the course of the year you can experience a real play of colors: When budding, the leaves appear brown-yellowish, during flowering they glow light green to green, in autumn the leaves often take on a yellow and orange-red color.


In spring, usually from the end of April to the beginning of May, the slightly double, bowl-shaped flowers of the Japanese column cherry appear. In the bud the flowers are still pink, when they bloom they are enchanting in light pink and finally they appear white with a dark center. They usually stand in groups of four or five in dense clusters and exude a delicate scent that attracts a noticeably large number of insects.


After flowering, the ornamental cherry develops small stone fruits.

As with the species Prunus serrulata, the same applies to the ‘Amanogawa’ variety: The ornamental wood feels most comfortable in a sunny spot in the garden.


The Japanese column cherry can usually cope with all garden soils. It thrives best when the substrate is sandy-loamy, fresh to moist, humus and rich in nutrients. The pH value is ideally in the neutral to strongly alkaline range.


The best time to plant the flowering wood is in autumn. So that Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’ can grow successfully, the planting hole should be at least twice as large as the root ball. After insertion, the excavated material is filled in again, trodden down and silted up.


Like its relatives, the Japanese column cherry is extremely easy to care for. However, especially in the first year after planting and in longer dry phases, make sure that the wood receives sufficient moisture. Mulching prevents too much water from evaporating.


The columnar shape of Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’ usually consists of several upright scaffold shoots that tend to fall apart with age or under snow load. It is therefore advisable to reduce the number of scaffolding shoots from a young age. Later you can redirect protruding horizontal shoots to upright growing side shoots. Through these pruning measures, the typical columnar shape can also be retained in old trees.


Due to its columnar stature, the Japanese column cherry is ideal for small gardens, front gardens and courtyards. It is a classic in formal gardens and Japanese gardens, where it sets geometric accents. The attractive flowering wood can also be wonderfully integrated into perennial beds. You can also plant Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’ along garden paths or avenues.


The cultivated form can only be propagated vegetatively. Hobby gardeners are best able to use refined specimens from a tree nursery.

Diseases and pests

If the level is too wet, Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’ can develop Monilia disease.