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Cherry Prinsepia

Prinsepia sinensis

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Cherry Prinsepia (Prinsepia sinensis) at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Cherry Prinsepia flowers

Cherry Prinsepia flowers

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Cherry Prinsepia (Prinsepia sinensis) at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Cherry Prinsepia

Cherry Prinsepia

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Cherry Prinsepia (Prinsepia sinensis) at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Cherry Prinsepia fruit

Cherry Prinsepia fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a


An attractive and durable large shrub, featuring soft yellow flowers in spring and showy oblong red berries in fall; arching and sprawling habit of growth, spiny branches, makes a great low maintenance barrier plant; grow in full sun

Ornamental Features

Cherry Prinsepia is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy red drupes carried in abundance from mid summer to early fall. It has racemes of yellow flowers along the branches in early spring. It has emerald green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Cherry Prinsepia is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Cherry Prinsepia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Cherry Prinsepia will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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