Akebono Yoshino Flowering Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis ‘Akebono’)

Akebono Yoshino Flowering Cherry

  • Mildly Fragrant, Soft Semi-Double Pink Blooms Age White
  • Pleasing Symmetrical Crown
  • Beautiful as Mass Planting
  • Easy to Care For
  • Attracts Pollinators

There are flowering cherry trees and then there is Akebono Yoshino Flowering Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis ‘Akebono’). Imagine walking through a grove of trees boasting some of the most amazing clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms you’ve ever seen! It may be hard to paint the mental picture but it’s oh-so-easy to accomplish! Akebono can be added to any garden today!

Commonly known as the cherry tree with the largest blossoms, Akebono blooms each spring before leaves develop. Don’t worry though, with its masses of large, soft pink, semi-double flowers, the branches won’t even be visible!

As the lightly fragrant flowers bloom their course, the leaves begin to sprout a lush, deep green that turns the flowering masterpiece, into a lovely shade tree for the rest of the season. As summer fades to fall, the leaves will put on a show themselves as they turn a golden yellow with orange highlights each fall.

The shape of this sizable cherry tree starts with a more upright form when young and quickly turns into a symmetrical stunner with a rounded crown and dense foliage.

Akebono Flowering Cherry is often used for an early spring pop of color in larger landscapes as a mass planting but is also just as beautiful when planted by itself in smaller urban settings. Either way, making sure this tree is somewhere it can be admired is an absolute must!

This deciduous beauty will surely bring curious onlookers each spring wondering how you’ve managed to grow such an incredible tree with such full blossoms. This curiosity won’t be limited to just neighbors, butterflies and hummingbirds will flutter from near and far for a chance to snack on the tasty nectar of the cherry blossoms!

For such a magnificent tree, the caretaking required is minimal. Simply plant somewhere in full sun with well-drained soil and Akebono will thrive! It’ll even tolerate light drought conditions once established!

When it comes to cherry blossoms, bigger is better and the flowers on the Akebono Yoshino are definitely bigger!

Akebono Yoshino Flowering Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis ‘Akebono’) Details

Common name Akebono Yoshino Flowering Cherry
Botanical name Prunus x yedoensis 'Akebono'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 20 - 25 ft.
Width 20 - 25 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Pink and White