Prunus 'Amanogawa' (Pillar cherry)
Position: Best in full sun. Will stand some exposure
Soil: Any well drained but moist soil, acid or alkaline
Rate of growth: 15-20cm per year
Flowers: Masses of semi-double pale pink flowers in spring
A distinctive and useful deciduous tree, pillar cherry has an upright growing habit forming a narrow column of ascending branches, which in mid-late spring are bedecked in attractive blossom – the individual flowers pale pink and semi double and lasting in beauty for a couple of weeks. The foliage is oval with a serrated edge and emerges bronze-green; in autumn it develops fiery tints before falling. Prunus ‘Amanagowa’ is an old Japanse cultivar which makes a great choice if a cherry is required in an area with limited space – it makes a great contrast with trees that have rounded crowns, and can also look effective planted in pairs or as an avenue. This plant holds an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) which is given only to the best garden plants.