There are a large number of cherry cultivars grown purely for their beautiful blossom displays. Most, like the winter flowering cherry are cultivars of the hybrid Prunus × subhirtella and we have planted quite a few of these in a number of locations. The best-known cultivar is Autumnalis Rosea or the Pink Winter Cherry. As the common name implies this tree will bloom from November through to March giving a long display of deep pink flowers that fade as they age. It does bear a small fruit which birds enjoy. It has dark green leaves that change to yellow, deep red or orange in Autumn.
It is a small tree normally growing around 4 meters in height and width. Luckily for Thanet it thrives in shallow chalky souls.