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Growing 3 different types of flowering cherry trees

Updated on February 13, 2012

Growing 3 different types of flowering cherry trees

There are 3 popular flowering cherry trees that are commonly grown, these are the Kwanzan Cherry Tree, Yoshino Cherry Tree and the Weeping Cherry Tree. All of these trees are gorgeous in their own unique ways. Each year in Washington, D.C there is the National Cherry Blossom Fesitival, and these 3 trees are the stars and main attractions during the fesitival. The festival is usually 2 weeks long, and more than 700,000 people visit Washington each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees each Spring.

You can plant these trees or just one variety in your own yard so you can enjoy the gorgeous blossoms each year without having to travel anywhere, just look out your window.

Kwanzan Cherry Tree

The Kwanzan Cherry Tree has beautiful, full pink flowers that everyone will love. Many people find themselves walking around parks and nature areas because they can see the Kwanzan Cherry Tree at its best. The Kwanzan Cherry Tree can reach maximum heights of up to 30 feet. The Kwanzan cherry has double pink flowersand a vase-shaped form with a rounded crown that spreads with age, making this tree wider than it is tall at maturity . The Kwanzan Cherry Tree provides lush pink or red berries and blooms to accent and landscape. The Kwanzan Cherry Tree is a deciduous tree, and it features leaves that remain bronzy and by fall they turn to orange-bronze color before they fall off.

The Kwanzan Cherry Tree is the hardiest of all the different cherry trees available today. It also happens to be the easiest to grow too, and many people agree that it is also the showiest of all the cherry trees. So no matter what you can not go wrong planting a Kwanzan Cherry Tree in your yard.

Zone - 6-9

Mature Height: 30-40 ft.

Mature Width: 30-40 ft.

Growth/Year: 1-2 ft.

Sunlight: Full to Partial Sun

Soil Conditions: Adaptable to various soils drought tolerant

Botanical Name: Prunus Kwanzan

Yoshino Cherry Tree

The Yoshino cherry is a deciduous flowering tree so impressive that many rank it among the best of the spring flowering trees. The Yoshino Cherry is a gorgeous medium growing tree that can grow to be up to 50 feet tall. This tree features fragrant white-pink flowers during the spring, and has dark green leaves. Every year, thousands of people travel to Washington, D.C., during the Cherry Blossom Festival to see the beautiful Yoshino cherry trees that blossom near the Jefferson Memorial, in East Potomac Park and on the White House grounds. The trees, with their pinkish, almond-scented flowers, were a gift of friendship from Japan in 1912. The Yoshino cherry trees grow 20 to 40 feet tall with a crown of leaves that spreads for 30 or 40 feet. The trees are covered with showy pinkish flowers in the spring, before the leaves appear.

Yoshino cherry trees have droopy branches that resist breakage, so they should be pruned for strength. The slightly fragrant, white to pink flowers for which the plant is so well known, typically appear in mid-March.

Zone 5-8

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.

Mature Width: 10-20 ft.

Growth/Year: 2-3 ft.

Sunlight: Full to Partial Sun

Soil Conditions: Adaptable to various soil, drought tolerant

Botanical Name: Prunus x Yedoensis

Weeping Cherry Tree

The Weeping Cherry Tree can grow to be approximately 12 feet tall and is a hardy tree that can even survive the cold winters. The tree has a hardy root system and it can tolerate almost anything that is thrown at it. The Weeping Cherry Tree does well in extreme temperatures, cold grounds, and high winds. The leaves on the tree are smooth, oval shaped and the branches droop downwards, which is what gives it the weeping name and look.

During the spring the weeping branches become covered in soft pink blooms. The graceful branches sway back and forth in the wind making this tree a show stopper in the springtime. This is the perfect specimen tree no matter where you plant it. It can brighten up any landscape.

Zone 5-9

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.

Mature Width: 15-25 ft.

Growth/Year: 1-2 ft.

Sunlight: Full to Partial Sun

Soil Conditions: Adaptable to various soils, very drought tolerant

Botanical Name: Prunus Pendula

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      Susan Again 

      4 years ago

      Here's the honest nursery, who sold me the cherry trees and she warned me. But it was a nice tree when i got it.

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      4 years ago

      forget cherry trees if you live in a cold climate like we do of 1 and 2. they do horrible and winter kill badly. The lady told me at the nursery they'd die but NO i had to have one.

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      4 years ago

      Very nice lens! I recently got introduced to dwarfs. I constructed a waterfall in a limited space, and thought trees wouldn't be an option, then I found a Maple called 'Fireglow' and and that gorgeous weeping blossoming Cherry called 'Snow Fountain'! I wrote a lens about them called Wildwood Farm. They were perfect for the Japanese motif I was looking for. The maple is blooming like crazy, the Cherry is a bit behind, but I know it's going to be beautiful. I'm looking forward to reading your future lenses!

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      6 years ago

      This tree is beautiful! I love the look and will be getting one for my home. Very nice article too!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the tip Ilona1, I took your advice and revised the zone for the Kwanzan :)

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      Ilona E 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      I learned the hard way that it only takes one extra cold winter to lose your Kwanzan cherry in zone 5. I know they say it survives here, but that wasn't my experience- I'd revise it to zone 6.

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      6 years ago

      Cherry trees are beautiful during the spring with all of their blossoms.

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      6 years ago

      Flowering trees are lined around our driveway and I can't stress to people enough how good they look especially when they are in full bloom.

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      6 years ago

      I love this one, it is very informative!


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