Prunus serrulata 'Shiro-fugen'
Common name: 
Shiro-fugen Flowering Cherry
PROO-nus ser-u-LAH-ta
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.
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  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • flower canopy and major branches

    flower canopy and major branches

  • flowering branches

    flowering branches

  • expanding leaves and flowers

    expanding leaves and flowers

  • flowers


  • flowers, comparison

    flowers, comparison

  • flowers, comparison

    flowers, comparison

  • flowers near petal drop

    flowers near petal drop

  • leafy shoot and leaves

    leafy shoot and leaves

  • fall color

    fall color