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Prunus 'NCPH1' PPAF

Common Name(s):
Flowering cherry, Pink Cascade™ Flowering Cherry

Nomenclature on this tree is a bit confusing with many weeping cherries are still incorrectly sold as cultivars of Prunus x subhirtella.  It is part of the rose family and it relatively long-lived for a cherry tree. To maintain the desired weeping form, remove all stems that grow vertically. This tree has year-round interest!  In late winter, early spring it blooms in its full glory, and then into summer when its weeping form cools the hot summer as it sways in even the lightest breeze. After the leaves have fallen, its drooping bare branches lend a soothing grace to the winter landscape.

This is the ultimate weeping cherry. Diminutive and fine-textured, Pink Cascade™ is a strict weeper with blazing pink flowers. Train it up as high as you want it to go and let 'er weep. Great as a small patio or specimen tree. Be creative, drape it over a wall, make an archway, or create an espalier dragon with a pink mane!  A dramatic weeper with bright pink flowers.  It was developed as a collaborative project by NC State University and J. Frank Schmidt and Son Nursery.

Seasons of Interest:

      Foliage: Spring, summer Bloom: Late winter, early Spring  Twigs/Bark: Winter

Wildlife Value: These flowers are a magnet for pollinators, however, they are also popular with deer. The seeds are attractive to birds and squirrels.

Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: Ornamental cherries are generally considered to have good disease resistance. However, like all cherries, they could be susceptible to a large number of insect and disease problems depending upon growth conditions. Potential insects include aphids, scale, borers, leafhoppers, caterpillars, tent caterpillars and Japanese beetles. Spider mites may also be troublesome. Potential diseases include cankers, black knot, leaf spot, die back, leaf curl, powdery mildew, root rot and fire blight. This plant is often browsed by deer.

20-40 ft.
Single-flowering, bright pink pendulous clusters of flowers occur on the weeping branches in late winter or early spring before the leaves emerge, effective for one week. Fruits are rounded pea-sized fruits (to 1/3” diameter) that are sometimes sparse. Fruits eventually mature to black, but are inedible to humans. Fruits may not appear in some years.
Best grown in moist, fertile, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun. It tolerates heat and clay soils but avoid dry soils.
Weeping, pendulous
15-30 ft.
Growth Rate:
Elliptic to ovate, doubly serrate, green leaves (to 4” long) turning an ornamentally insignificant red or yellow in fall.
heat tolerant, clay, small tree, weeping, deciduous, nectar, wildlife, pollinators, ornamental, heat, clay soil

NCCES plant id: 3111

Prunus 'NCPH1' PPAF Pendulous form
Prunus 'NCPH1' PPAF In flower
Prunus 'NCPH1' PPAF Blooms