The Yoshino cherry (also known as the Japanese flowering cherry) is the darling of the flowering tree world and the star of such renowned events as the National and International Cherry Blossom Festivals. This stand-out tree is, of course, known for its vibrant display of white-pink blossoms and faint almond fragrance in the springtime. In the summer, this tree will be a highlight in the yard with its beautiful branching pattern, glossy bark and dark green leaves.
- Blooms March through April in a profusion of fragrant white-pink flowers
- Is deer-resistant, seldom severely damaged
- Features an unusual form with a lovely branching pattern
- Will be delivered at a height of 2’–3′ for bare-root; a height of 1′-3′ for 4″ pot or 1-gallon pot
- The Yoshino Cherry grows in zones 5-8
- Mature Height: 40’–50′
- Mature Spread: 25’–40′
- Growth Rate: Medium
- Shape: Rounded
- Sun Preference: Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Soil Preference: Acidic, Clay, Drought-tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Sandy, Well-drained
- Wildlife Value: This tree is an important source of food for many small birds and mammals including robins, cardinals and waxwings.
A native of Japan, the tree was introduced to America in 1902. Japanese legend states that each spring a fairy maiden hovers low in the warm sky, awakening the sleeping cherry trees with her delicate breath.
This tree, along with its cousin the Kanzan cherry, is responsible for the spectacular pink blossoming show each spring in Washington, D.C. The first Japanese flowering cherries planted in the nation’s capital were a gift from the mayor of Tokyo.