Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Tree
Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Leaf
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Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Tree
Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Leaf
Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Additional Product Shot 750
Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Additional Product Shot 913
Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Additional Product Shot 914
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry
Prunus serrulata 'Royal Burgundy'
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Royal Burgundy Flowering Cherry will grace your garden with loads of frilly, soft pink blossoms set against rich red foliage each spring.  Who said redheads can’t wear pink?  This red-leaved version of the beloved Kwanzan Japanese Flowering Cherry will keep the color coming even after the blooms are spent.  The maroon leaves hold their color all summer and turn flame-red before dropping in fall.  Like Kwanzan Cherry, Royal Burgundy grows into a wide vase shape in time and makes a good candidate to arch over a path or sidewalk.  Or, make this ravishing red-leaved Cherry tree a favorite destination in your landscape by putting a bench or a couple of comfy chairs underneath its colorful canopy.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Sometimes new trees come about from years of work by breeders. Other times, all it takes is one lucky person with an eye for detail.  Royal Burgundy was a result of the latter—all of the trees with that name came from a single branch on a Kwanzan Cherry that spontaneously produced red leaves.  Thomas Earl Wilson of Speer and Sons Nursery in Oregon was the man with the sharp eye.  The parent plant, Kwanzan, is a beloved old variety that stars in Washington, D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival every year.

The Details

Beware: This Burgundy is truly intoxicating! The ruffled, pink blossoms that appear in the spring will cast a spell over you as they nestle demurely against the purple foliage that lasts all season long. The leaf color is simply spectacular! This tree will be a dramatic statement in any landscape design. For Pete's sake, dig a hole and pour one in!

How to Grow

These Flowering Cherries like being planted in sunny locations but ‘Royal Burgundy’ is a little picky about where they spread their roots. Flowering Cherries do not like sitting in wet soil. Once you have your Cherry planted, make sure the soil is moist, without being constantly wet. As with most trees, a once a year fertilizing for about the first few years will give your tree the nutrients it needs to provide new, healthy growth and flowers for the following season. Apply a low rate fertilizer once in the fall. Pruning these Flowering Cherries differs slightly. The Royal Burgundy Cherry is somewhat similar to the Kwanzan in the looks department; the main difference is that it has dark purple foliage. The Royal Burgundy is a dwarf variety and it doesn’t grow as quickly as the Kwanzan. This Cherry doesn’t need pruning at all, except to trim an occasional errant branch. There are those “lucky” trees that Japanese Beetles like to munch on and Flowering Cherries are one of them. There are a few ways to prevent or control beetle damage to your trees. Insecticide concentrates and sprays are available that can either be watered in around the base of the infected tree or sprayed on the foliage or beetles.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 20-25'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Burgundy
Fall Leaf Color Red
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Questions & Answers

My Royal Burgundy Cherry has small holes on the leaves - it is too early in the season for Japanese Beetles. What can I do to deter whatever pest I have that is eating the leaves? 

Great question and at the right time of year! The holes you are seeing are not just happening on your Royal Burgundy but on many Trees. A couple of common causes could be:

  • Shot Hole Fungus - this is a unique defensive action taken by the plant where a fungus is making its way onto the foliage and the plant, to stop the spread, forms a wall of failed cells that allows the diseased area to simply drop from the foliage. It is very cool! 

While unsightly, this is not a serious issue. In a growing year like this, where there is plenty of rainfall and clouds, this is always more prominent in the landscape. 

Treatment can be made early in the season to avoid this, but the truth is that in almost all cases, this treatment is not worthwhile. The plant will overcome this and the effects to the Tree health are insignificant. 

  • Leaf Eaters - more likely right now is that there are some leaf eaters on your Tree; some caterpillar type pest is right now active. On a young Tree, the most immediate response is to simply inspect your Tree for these critters as it is that item of year. 

Again, most likely not a serious issue, just unattractive. Applying a preventative pesticide containing carbaryl or malathion for the insects or captan for the disease can be helpful but will need to be repeated. You should prepare for Japanese Beetles and follow the same regiment as well (those pesky little buggers!). 

Our Growers have offered this advice - to combat these pests, it is better to focus on overall Tree health through proper fertilizing and watering. Our Elements Fertilizer can arm the Tree to defend itself; this is the foundational concept of our care products - to eliminate the need for pesticides of any kind by providing for the plant's natural defenses. 

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

8-10' tall. This purple foliaged Kwanzan Cherry is grown in our #15 tree container at this size. Developed branching and structure with stem caliper around 1 1/2". A Bower & Branch favorite!

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Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Tree
Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Leaf
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Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Additional Product Shot 913
Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Additional Product Shot 914
Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Additional Product Shot 915
Royal Burgundy Japanese Flowering Cherry Additional Product Shot 1143