Jump to: SynonymsCommon NamesEconomic ImportanceDistributional RangeReferencesOther Web References

Taxon: Prunus speciosa (Koidz.) Nakai

Genus: Prunus
Subgenus: Cerasus
Section: Cerasus
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Amygdaloideae
Tribe: Amygdaleae
Nomen number: 409782
Place of publication: Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 29:139, in adnot. 1915 (C. Ingram, J. Roy. Hort. Soc. 50:80. 1925)
Link to protologue:
Comment: valid publication verified from original literature
Name Verified on: 19-May-2011 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 10 (2 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

Common names:

  • Oshima cherry  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • Oshimakirsche  (Source: Zander ed17) - German
  • ōshima-zakura  (Source: F JapanOhwi) - Japanese Rōmaji

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental;

Distributional Range:


    • EASTERN ASIA: Japan [Honshu (Izu Islands)]

    Cultivated (also cult.)


    • EASTERN ASIA: Japan [Honshu]


  1. Aradhya, M. K. et al. 2004. Molecular characterization of variability and relationships among seven cultivated and selected wild species of Prunus L. using amplified fragment length polymorphism. Sci. Hort. 103:131-144. Note: this study found Prunus speciosa close to Myrobalan plum (P. cerasifera)
  2. 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. Note: this study in citing Prunus lannesiana f. albida as a distinct taxon from the complex of P. serrulata cited Cerasus speciosa as a name used for this form at the species level
  3. Erhardt, W. et al. 2002. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage Note: lists as Prunus speciosa (Koidz.) Ingram
  4. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening Note: lists as Prunus speciosa (Koidz.) Ingram
  5. Iwatsuki, K. et al. 1993-. Flora of Japan. Note: = Cerasus speciosa (Koidz. H. Ohba
  6. Katsuki, T. & H. Iketani. 2016. Nomenclature of Tokyo cherry (Cerasus ×yedoensis 'Somei-yoshino', Rosaceae) and allied interspecific hybrids based on recent advances in population genetics. Taxon 65:1415-1419. Note: = Cerasus speciosa (Koidz.) H. Ohba
  7. Krüssmann, G. 1984. Manual of cultivated broad-leaved trees and shrubs (English translation of Handbuch der Laubgehölze. 1976) Note: lists as Prunus speciosa (Koidz.) Ingram
  8. Ohta, S. et al. 2005. Genetic variation in flowering cherries (Prunus subgenus Cerasus) characterized by SSR markers. Breed. Sci. 55:415-424. Note: as Prunus lannesiana var. speciosa
  9. 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. Note: this study examined this species as Prunus lannesiana var. speciosa, it confirmed that it was a progenitor of some ornamental cultivars
  10. Ohta, S. et al. 2007. Phylogenetic relationships among Japanese flowering cherries (Prunus subgenus Cerasus) based on nucleotide sequences of chloroplast DNA. Pl. Syst. Evol. 263:209-225. Note: as Prunus lannesiana var. speciosa
  11. Ohwi, J. 1965. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.). Note: lists as Prunus speciosa (Koidz.) Nakai; = P. lannesiana var. speciosa (Koidz.) Makino
  12. Personal Care Products Council. INCI
  13. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  14. 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. Note: this study resolved Prunus speciosa at the base of a group including samples of P. yedoensis and of P. subhirtella var. ascendens, but leaving unresolved the probable hybrid origin of the ornamental Yoshino cherry (P. yedoensis)
  15. Rohrer, J. R. 2011. Prunus (Rosaceae). Flora of North America. 9: in press.
  16. Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986-2000. European garden flora. Note: lists as Prunus speciosa (Koidz.) Ingram

Check other web resources for Prunus speciosa (Koidz.) Nakai :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • 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.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=409782. Accessed 19 October 2019.