Kursar is a hardy early-flowering ornamental cherry, notable for its intense display of small deep-pink blossom and young bronze leaves. It is one of the earliest of the flowering cherries, with the blossom appearing in early March.
While spring is the main event, as it is for most flowering cherries, Kursar also offers value in the autumn too. The leaves take on red - gold tints in the autumn.
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Kursar is one of the many flowering cherries developed by Captain Collingwood Ingram, a 20th century English enthusiast who became the leading western authority on the Japanese Flowering Cherries. It is a hybrid of Prunus campanulata (the Formosan cherry) and Prunus nipponica var kurilensis (named with reference to the Kurile islands, lying to the north east of Japan). It inherits many of the characteristics of the Fomosan cherry, notably the small upright form and dark pink blossom - but is much hardier.