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Weeping Higan Cherry Prunus x subhirtella 'Snozofam' Snow Fountains®

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Weeping Higan Cherry:

Previously known as:

  • Prunus 'Snofozam'
  • Prunus 'White Fountain'
  • Prunus x yedoensis 'Snozofam'
Phonetic Spelling
PROO-nus sub-HIR-tel-uh
Description

Weeping Higan Cherry is a slow-growing small weeping deciduous flowering cherry.  It can be sold in three different forms:

  1. Natural form 8'-15' foot tall weeping tree
  2. Small tree top grafted at 6' tall
  3. Groundcover that sprawls out

Its elegant weeping branches are simply covered in snow white flowers in the early spring giving it the trade name of Snow Fountains® or White Fountains®.   The true cultivar name is 'Snozofam'.   The blanket of fallen petals are even attractive on the ground.  After the flowers, bright green leaves emerge in the summer, followed by attractive golden and orange fall colors.  Its architectural form is attractive even in the winter when it loses its leaves making this tree a great choice to plant for year-round interest.

Plant it in full sun in a fertile well-drained loamy soil.  It will have the most impressive flower display if planted in full sun though it can tolerate some light shade.  It can be lightly pruned to maintain shape after flowering.  Plant as a specimen, in small space, a courtyard, border, cottage or Asian themed gardens.  The ground cover form looks elegant draping over a garden wall or covering a sloped area f the landscape.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Relatively problem free.  Caterpillars and leaf miners are occasional insect pests.  Blossom wilt and bacterial canker are occasional disease problems.

 

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#weeping#showy flowers#small tree#small spaces#white flowers#wildlife plant#slow growing#pendulous#winter interest#fall interest#flowering tree#year-round interest#cascading#easy to propagate#border planting#courtyard garden#food source summer#deciduous tree#mid-spring flowers#fall color yellow#garden walls#bird friendly#fall color orange#butterfly friendly#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weeping#showy flowers#small tree#small spaces#white flowers#wildlife plant#slow growing#pendulous#winter interest#fall interest#flowering tree#year-round interest#cascading#easy to propagate#border planting#courtyard garden#food source summer#deciduous tree#mid-spring flowers#fall color yellow#garden walls#bird friendly#fall color orange#butterfly friendly#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Prunus
    Species:
    subhirtella
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Butterflies are attracted to the flowers, birds are attracted to the fruits.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Weeping
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Inedible small round red fruits that turn to black form sporadically after flowering.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Early spring single pure white flowers open from pink buds and cover the branches for a bout three weeks giving it a fountain effect as they cascade down.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green ovate leaves appear after flowering and are 3 1/4" long, alternate, change color to golden yellow or orange in the fall.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Smooth silvery gray
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Flowering Tree
    Small groups
    Small Tree
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses