The Japanese cherries Prunus ‘Shirotae’ in the field walk at Bourton House Garden are just breaking into pure white blossom and making a heavenly display against a blue spring sky!
First introduced into this country in the early 1900’s, Prunus ‘Shirotae’ was once known as the Mount Fuji cherry, so named after the holy Japanese mountain covered with eternal snow. The trees are very low growing with flat-topped crowns that can spread up to 30 feet wide. The branches, heavy with pure white scented blossom, are a paradise for bees and other flying insects and the very air vibrates with humming when you stand close to the trees.
Bourton House Garden is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 5pm and admission to the field walk is included with your ticket to the garden.