Taxon: Prunus serrulata Lindl. var. spontanea (Maxim.) E. H. Wilson

Genus: Prunus
Subgenus: Cerasus
Section: Cerasus
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Amygdaloideae
Tribe: Amygdaleae
Nomen number: 30106
Place of publication: Cherries Japan 28. 1916
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 17-May-2011 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 17-May-2011
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Davis (DAV)
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • hill cherry  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • Japanese mountain cherry  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • yama-zakura  (Source: Dict Gard) - Japanese Rōmaji

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control (fide Dict Gard)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Krussmann)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China Anhui, Guizhou, Heilongjiang, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Shandong, Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Japan Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku; Korea

  • Cultivated


  • Chang, K.-S. et al. 2007. Reconsideration of the Prunus serrulata complex (Rosaceae) and related taxa in eastern Asia Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 154:35-54.
  • Forest Experimental Station, Korea Illustrated woody plants of Korea. (WPl Korea)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Jiangsu Inst. Bot., ed. v. 1; Shan. R. H., ed. v. 2 Jiangsu Zhiwuzhi (Flora of Jiangsu). (F Chiangsu)
  • Krüssmann, G. Manual of cultivated broad-leaved trees and shrubs (English translation of Handbuch der Laubgehölze. 1976). 1984 (Krussmann)
  • Lee, S. & J. Wen 2001. A phylogenetic analysis of Prunus and the Amygdaloideae (Rosaceae) using ITS sequences of nuclear ribosomal DNA Amer. J. Bot. 88:150-160.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  • Ohta, S. et al. 2006. Genetic characterization of flowering cherries (Prunus subgenus Cerasus) using rpl16-rpl14 spacer sequences of chloroplast DNA J. Jap. Soc. Hort. Sci. 75:72-78.
  • Ohwi, J. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.). (F JapanOhwi)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Rehder, A. Bibliography of cultivated trees and shrubs. (Rehder)
  • Roh, M. S. et al. 2007. Characterization of wild Prunus yedoensis analyzed by inter-simple sequence repeat and chloroplast DNA Sci. Hort. 114:121-128.


Check other web resources for Prunus serrulata Lindl. var. spontanea (Maxim.) E. H. Wilson :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.