Prunus serrulata 'Shiro-fugen'
Shiro-fugen Flowering Cherry
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous tree, 15-20 ft (4.5-6 m); spreading, flat-topped habit, branches may arch downward. Leaves crimson flushed bronze when young. Flowers small, double, on long peduncle/pedicels, loose clusters, pink in bud and white when open, fading to pink-mauve with darker center, bracts often leaf like.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5
- 'Shiro-fugen' or 'Shirofugen' is probably an export name synonymous with 'Fugenzo'. The Japanese word fungenso means "Fugen-elephant", referring to the white elephant (zo), which, in Buddhist paintings and sculpture was ridden by Saint Fugen (Kuitert, 1999).
- Oregon State Univ. campus: near the Biddle statue, northeast of the Memorial Union.