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Cherry, Japanese Flowering (Yoshino) Prunus x yedoensis

Japanese Flowering Cherry - Prunus x yedoensis
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The tree that made the Macon Cherry Blossom Festival famous. Fragrant, white-pink flowers; oriental branching pattern; glossy bark; dark-green leaves. Likes full sun, well-drained soil. Grows to 40' to 50'. (zones 5-8)

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Zones 5 - 8 Zones 5 - 8
Hardiness Zones 5 - 8
The Japanese Flowering (Yoshino) Cherry can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree
Type of tree
Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees
40' - 50' High 40' - 50' High
Mature Height
The Japanese Flowering (Yoshino) Cherry grows to be 40' - 50' feet in height.
25' - 40' Spread 25' - 40' Spread
Mature Spread
The Japanese Flowering (Yoshino) Cherry has a spread of about 25' - 40' at full maturity.
Medium Growth Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This cherry does well in full sun, partial shade.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Japanese Flowering (Yoshino) Cherry grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
Shape
This cherry has rounded shape.
Attributes

This tree, along with other cousins of the same species, is the very symbol of spring beauty. One of the most widely planted ornamental cherry trees, it is ideal for planting close to sidewalks or as a patio shade tree. These particular Japanese Flowering Cherry seedlings are grown from seeds or cuttings.

Description

The tree that made the Macon Cherry Blossom Festival famous. Fragrant, white-pink flowers; oriental branching pattern; glossy bark; dark-green leaves. Likes full sun, well-drained soil. Grows to 40' to 50'. (zones 5-8)

Wildlife Value

The Japanese Flowering Cherry is an important source of food for many small birds and mammals including robins, cardinals, and waxwings.

History/Lore/Use

A native of Japan, the Yoshino Cherry tree was introduced to America in 1902. In Japan there is a believable legend that each spring a fairy maiden hovers low in the warm sky, wakening the sleeping Cherry trees to life with her delicate breath. This tree, along with its cousin the "Kwanzan" Cherry tree, is responsible for the spectacular pink color show each spring in Washington, D.C.

Moisture

This tree requires moist, well drained soil and is some what drought tolerant.

Leaves

The leaves alternate pattern, simple shape, often reddish as they emerge. Turning dark green by summer. Size ranges from 2-1/2 inches to 5 inches long and up to 2-1/2 inches wide.

Flower Color

Blossoms usually emerge before the leaves, providing a stunning show of pink, slightly fragrant flowers approximately 3/4 inch in diameter.

Bloom Time

March - April

Fruit Description

The fruit is round in shape, 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter. It is attractive to birds and as a result leaves insignificant litter.