Cherry 'The Bride' Prunus 'The Bride'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
cherry 'The Bride'


'The Bride' is a small, rounded, deciduous tree bearing pure white, single flowers with a deep red, central flush in mid-spring

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      The Bride Cherry.

    • Common names

      Prunus serrulata 'The Bride'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      12-15 feet (3.7-4.6 meters)

    • Spread

      12-15 feet (3.7-4.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal - Prunus 'The Bride' features stunning white flowers that provide a beautiful display in gardens and landscapes.
    • Attracts Pollinators - The flowers offer a valuable food source for bees and other pollinating insects, which can help pollinate other plants in your garden.
    • Low Maintenance - Once established, The Bride generally requires minimal care, making it an easy addition for gardeners of all experience levels.
    • Drought Resistance - After initial establishment, The Bride can tolerate periods of low water, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Compact Growth - With its relatively small size, this cultivar is suitable for smaller gardens or as an understory plant in larger landscapes.
    • Seasonal Interest - Offers year-round interest with its spring blossoms, summer foliage, fall color, and sometimes attractive branching patterns in winter.
    • Edible Fruit - While not the primary reason for planting, it produces small fruits that can be used for culinary purposes, such as jams and jellies.
    • Adaptable - Can thrive in a variety of soil types, though it prefers well-draining soils.
    • Urban Tolerant - The Bride is relatively tolerant of urban pollution, making it suitable for city gardens and street plantings.
    • Wildlife Shelter - Provides shelter and nesting sites for birds within its foliage and branches.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography Prop: The Bride, with its beautiful white blossoms, can serve as a stunning backdrop for springtime wedding and engagement photo shoots.
    • Edible Decor: The fruit of The Bride can be used as a natural and edible decoration on cakes and pastries when in season, adding a touch of elegance.
    • Dye Source: The leaves and possibly the fruit of The Bride can be used to create natural dyes for textiles or crafts, though experimenting is necessary to determine color fastness and yield.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Artists may use the form and color of The Bride's flowers and structure as subjects for paintings, drawings, and photography.
    • Floral Crafts: Dried branches of The Bride can be incorporated into wreaths or other dried flower arrangements, particularly useful for spring-themed decor.
    • Wildlife Garden: The Bride can be included in gardens designed to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies or provide food for birds.
    • Culinary Garnish: Although not a common practice, petals of The Bride, if non-toxic, could potentially be used as delicate garnishes for culinary presentation.
    • Scented Gardens: The fragrant blossoms of The Bride can contribute to a scented garden experience, particularly enjoyable on warm, sunny days.
    • Educational Tool: This plant can be used in botany classes or educational programs to demonstrate plant growth, structure, and the life cycle of angiosperms.
    • Watercolor Medium: The petals or leaves of The Bride may be pressed and used in watercolor painting, either as a natural brush or stamp, to generate unique textures and patterns.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Cherry Blossom is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Cherry Blossom is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Purity - The pristine white flowers of 'The Bride' cherry tree symbolize cleanliness and innocence, much like that of a bride on her wedding day.
    • New Beginnings - Blossoming in early spring, this cherry tree represents the start of new phases in life, mirroring the new journey of a married couple.
    • Love - Cherry blossoms are often associated with love and romance, and the name 'The Bride' reinforces this connection.
    • Beauty - The striking appearance of the cherry blooms stands for the captivating beauty found in nature and life's moments.
    • Transience of Life - As the cherry blossoms briefly peak before falling, they remind us of the fleeting nature of life and the importance of living in the present.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The ornamental cherry tree, commonly known as 'The Bride', should be watered deeply once every week during its first growing season to help establish a strong root system. Mature trees are more drought-tolerant and may require less frequent watering. Depending on weather conditions, watering may vary from once a week to every two weeks, with each session consisting of about 15 to 20 gallons of water to saturate the root zone thoroughly. During dry spells or extreme heat, increase watering frequency to prevent stress. Be cautious not to overwater as this can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    The ornamental cherry tree requires full sun to thrive, meaning at least six hours of direct, unobstructed sunlight daily. It is best planted in a spot that is exposed to the morning sun and is protected from harsh afternoon heat if possible. This ensures the tree receives enough light for bloom and fruit production without risking heat stress during the warmest part of the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Ornamental cherry trees prefer moderate temperatures and grow best when daytime temperatures range from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can tolerate winter cold down to about -20 degrees Fahrenheit and summer heat up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but extreme temperatures, either hot or cold, can be detrimental to the tree's health. Providing a location with some shelter from strong winds can also help to maintain appropriate temperature levels around the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Ornamental cherry trees should be pruned to maintain shape and remove any dead or diseased branches; this is best done in late winter or early spring before the sap starts to flow (bleed). Pruning every 2-3 years is typically sufficient for maintaining the desired structure and stimulating healthy growth. Selective pruning after flowering is also appropriate to enhance the tree's natural form and avoid removing too many flower buds for the next season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Cherry 'The Bride' prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. A mix of loam, peat, and sand in equal parts can aid drainage and fertility. Incorporate organic matter to enhance nutrient content.

  • plantRepotting

    Cherry 'The Bride' does not often require repotting as it is typically grown as an ornamental outdoor tree. However, if grown in a container, it should be repotted every 2 to 3 years in the spring.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Cherry 'The Bride' thrives best in moderate humidity levels. Although tolerant of a range of conditions, avoid extremely dry air which can lead to leaf problems.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, cool temps, and moderate water.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-drained soil, protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Prunus 'The Bride', commonly known as Cherry 'The Bride', begins its life cycle with seed germination, which occurs in the spring after stratification, when the hard endocarp softens. Following germination, the seedling stage involves root establishment and sprouting of the first true leaves, entering a period of vigorous vegetative growth. As the plant matures, it develops a woody stem and branches, entering the juvenile phase, which can last several years before it achieves its full form and structure. The adult stage is marked by the plant's readiness to flower, typically coinciding with early spring, where Cherry 'The Bride' displays its hallmark white to pale-pink blossoms that attract pollinators. After pollination, the plant produces small fruit in the form of cherries that contain the seeds for the next generation, completing its reproductive cycle. In the following autumn and winter, the plant enters a dormancy period, shedding leaves and conserving resources to survive the cold and prepare for the cycle to begin anew in spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Prunus 'The Bride', commonly known as flowering cherry, is most successfully propagated during its dormant period, which typically runs from late fall to early spring. The most popular method of propagation for this ornamental cherry tree is through softwood cuttings taken in late spring or early summer. Cut a 4-6 inch (10-15 centimeters) length of new growth that has a couple of sets of leaves, making sure to cut just below a node. Remove the leaves from the lower half of the cutting, dip the cut end into rooting hormone powder to encourage root development, and then insert it into a pot filled with a mix of half perlite and half peat for good drainage and aeration. The cutting should be kept moist and placed in indirect light until roots have established, which can be checked by gently tugging on the cutting to feel for resistance. After rooting, which may take several weeks, the new plant can be gradually acclimated to outdoor conditions before planting in a permanent location.