Information About Ornamental Cherry

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Flowering Cherry Tree Care – How To Grow Ornamental Cherry Trees

By Amy Grant

One of the best times to visit the nation's capital is in the spring when boulevards and avenues are accented by a profusion of flowering ornamental cherry trees. Interested in growing ornamental cherries? Find out about flowering cherry tree care in this article.

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Because of their showy blossoms, ornamental cherry trees are typically grown as specimen plants, often in parks, on front lawns and along sidewalks. They also make effective screen trees. Cherry trees are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves in fall, and many varieties display brilliant autumn foliage and distinctive bark patterns to provide year-round interest after blooming has finished for the year.

Dozens of ornamental cherry tree varieties are grown in the United States. Among the most common are "Kwasan" Japanese flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata "Kwasan"), Taiwan cherry (Prunus campanulata) and Yoshino flowering cherry (Prunus x yedoensis). Each of these varieties blooms in spring and grows well in a warm to moderate climate.


Flowering cherry trees have long been essential to Japanese gardens, and were introduced to the United States in 1902. Since then, they’ve become almost as American as cherry pie, and are celebrated annually in many cities across the country during their spring awakening. The sight of a single spring-blooming Japanese cherry tree is pure bliss. But seeing hundreds or even thousands of them blooming en masse is a special event. Here are some cherry blossom festivals held across the country each spring:

  • Washington, D.C.’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, the largest of its kind in the U.S.
  • The International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia
  • The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco
  • The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, presented by the Japan-America Society of Tennessee.

If you can’t make it to one of the above festivals, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has a beautiful display, as well as the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis.

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Growing Conditions

Yoshino cherry trees must be kept moist but are tolerant of a wide variety of soil types.

Sun and shade

Yoshino cherry trees flourish in full sun, or at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight per day. They can also grow in partial shade, but they will have fewer flowers.

Yoshino cherry trees’ only true requirement of soil is that it’s moist. They can grow in acidic, moist, sandy, loamy, and clay soils.


The soil should be consistently moist, especially as your Yoshino cherry tree is getting established and growing its root system. When the top two inches of soil are dry—you can test this by inserting your index finger into the soil—water with a garden hose for roughly 30 minutes. That translates to roughly every two weeks in the summer and every three or so weeks in fall and spring.

Applying a 2-3 inch layer of mulch can help prevent the moisture from evaporating and allow you to space out waterings more. Always be sure to leave a several-inch gap between the mulch and the trunk.


Your Yoshino cherry tree will not need to be fed for the first two years. After that, you can fertilize with nitrogen each year, with 1/10 of a pound per year of the tree’s age. You can either spread it out into two or four feedings over spring and summer or do the entire application just once in spring.


Yoshino cherry trees do not require pruning, but if you see any dead, diseased, or crowded branches, you should prune them when they appear. If you want to prune for aesthetic reasons, early summer is the time—that way, you won’t prune any buds.

Frequently Asked Questions

How fast do they grow?

Yoshino cherry trees grow at a rate of roughly 1-2 feet per year.

Do they bear fruit?

Yes, but the fruit is too bitter for people to enjoy. However, it is very appealing to birds, including robins.

How tall do they get?

Yoshino cherry trees can reach a maximum height of 30-50 feet.

How long do they bloom?

Yoshino cherry trees bloom for two to three weeks.

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