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Flowering Cherry Tree, 'Yoshino'

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The Flowering Cherry Tree 'Yoshino' is an excellent tree for the home landscape, with a typical lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Because of its fragrant, light pink flowers, manageable size, and elegant shape, the popular and showy 'Yoshino' Cherry is often used as an ornamental tree. Flowers are followed by small black cherries which are bitter to humans but loved by birds. Foliage turns yellow with bronze tints in fall. This is a rapidly growing tree that is extraordinarily beautiful in the spring. 'Yoshino' attracts both birds, butterflies!

'Yoshino' cherry is a graceful ornamental flowering cherry tree that typically grows 30-40’ tall with a spreading, broad-rounded, open crown. Fragrant white to pink flowers in 3 to 6-flowered clusters (racemes) appear before or simultaneous to the emergence of the foliage in a profuse and spectacular early spring bloom. Serrate, dark green leaves (to 5” long) are elliptic to oval. Foliage turns yellow and with bronze tints in fall. This hybrid cherry comes from Japan and is one of the predominant cherry trees planted in Washington D.C.

Plant Details +

Botanical Yoshino (Prunus x yedoensis)
Cultivator Type Flowering Cherry Tree 'Yoshino'
Height 30-40’ or as pruned
Spacing 40'
Hardiness Zone 5-8, -20º to -10ºF
Exposure Full to partial sun
Foliage Green
Flower White to pink

General Information +

General Characteristics: Spring flowers are the best ornamental feature. Excellent small to medium-sized tree for lawns, along streets, adjacent to decks or patios. Effective as a specimen or in groups.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set top of root ball 2” above ground level. Mix ½ garden soil and ½ planting mix. 3. Mound soil to form water basin and water thoroughly. Water regularly as needed. After the plant is established, water deeply and less frequently. Allow water to trickle out of the hose and soak the ground. Tolerates heat and humidity, but not drought. Water five minutes for every foot of height. PRUNING: Prune as necessary to maintain form and desired shape.