Autumn Blooming Cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’)

Autumn Blooming Cherry

  • Lovely Dark Pink Buds & Pale Pink Blooms!
  • Fragrant & Cheerful!
  • Semi-Double Blooms
  • Repeat Bloom in Autumn
  • Four Seasons of Interest
  • Gorgeous Spring Blooms, Second Bloom in Fall
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Official Tree of the National Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Four Season Interest
  • Lovely Fall Color
  • Tiny Cherries For Birds
  • Pollinator Heaven

The gorgeous, fragrant cherry blossoms from our Autumn Blooming Cherry Tree (Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’) (Sometimes designated as Prunus subhirtella var. autumnalis) are a pure delight! That’s why you’ll love the re-blooming appeal of this fabulous variety for double the delight!

This tree is the gift that keeps on giving, literally. It offers four seasons of visual interest for your lawnscape, ensuring that with each passing season, there’s something new to love!

This tree has the unique, and rare ability to produce flowers sporadically in the fall season, and a massive spring flower display! Although the true showstopper is its spring flowering! The profusion of deep pink buds transforms into clouds of semi-double light pink flowers that then cascade into a pure white flower color that is just itching for an encore.

Those blooms won’t just be attracting neighborhood attention, local bees and butterflies will make your tree their favorite hangout spot! Providing ample nectar and pollen, it is a beneficial pollinator’s dream buffet!

Plant the Autumn Blooming Cherry out front to create a neighborhood floral show that will get folks talking.

How to Use Autumn Blooming Cherry Tree In The Landscape

This tree blooms early in the spring, heralding the arrival of the season in no uncertain terms. It grows quickly, so you needn’t wait long after it goes in the ground before you’re ready to capture “oohs” and “aahs” from its immediate fans when it’s in full bloom!

A line of these trees along your drive will welcome you home each time! These are also stately street trees and create so much curb appeal with so little work from yourself! Hardy and tolerant of urban conditions, Autumn Blooming Cherry has it all!

During the summer, enjoy the shade from the large, oval green leaves that seem to flit and flutter with every puff of wind. When fall rolls around, those same leaves turn a brilliant array of yellow to bronze hues, kissed by the sun in places where they’ve been burnt a deep and resplendent red.

Plant one or more near your patio and seating areas to truly reap the benefits of their bountiful showy bloom and cooling shade.

Autumn Blooming Cherry Tree produces small black cherries that are a boon to birds looking for a pre-winter feast!

The small, black fruit that develops will attract songbirds to your yard in the fall and winter. Adding wildlife plants layers deeply meaningful bird sound and motion into your landscape design.

Fall means wonderful autumn hues of bronze, yellow and gold, or even a deep-red tinged to contribute to the colors of the season! After it drops its leaves, you may be delighted to see an additional round of blooms as other plants are beginning to go dormant for the winter.

And in winter, you’ll get a chance to appreciate the magnificent branch structure. Every little bit helps in winter, and this delightful tree will catch your eye (and your breath!) even when it’s cold outside.

Create groupings with other small ornamental trees like the Emperor One Japanese Maple or flowering Crabapple trees, and weeping Cherry trees for naturalized and colorful settings!

No matter where you plant it, you will be proud to share this tree with friends and family as one of the varieties enjoyed at the National Cherry Blossom Tree Festival in Washington, DC each year.

Tips For Care

Autumn Blooming Cherry is a hardy deciduous tree with so many amazing features. Average growth rate, these can reach 20 – 30 feet in height and 20 – 30 feet wide, just right to provide wonderful shade and impact without sacrificing much space!

Winter hardy to USDA hardiness zones 4-8, these varieties of Autumn Flowering Cherries are highly adaptable. Add a 3-4 inch layer of mulch over the root system for insulation and moisture retention.

Loving the full sun, and blooming the absolute best when planted in as much sunlight as you can provide, Autumn Blooming Cherry can also tolerate some partial shade.

Water young trees well to ensure they become well-established in their first year. Doing best in any kind of soil, these spring and autumn flowering Cherry trees do require well-draining conditions and cannot sit in soggy soils. Be sure to include the Nature Hills Root Booster to give your root system the healthy jump-start it needs to get growing beautifully!

All trees and plants appreciate a layer of mulch over their root zone. It not only cools the roots in summer and insulates them from the heat in summer, but a generous layer of mulch also holds in more moisture; so that means less watering for you!

If needed, it is best to prune right after that early spring flush of flowers. However, you may miss out on a bit of the fall bloom.

Autumn Blooming Cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’) Details

Common name Autumn Blooming Cherry
Botanical name Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 20 - 30 ft.
Width 15 - 25 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Pink and White