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Yoshino Cherry - 'Prunus x yedoensis'

Yoshino Cherry is a hybrid cherry of unknown origin. Likely a cross between P. lannesiana (Oshimazakura) and P. pendula (Edohigan), the Yoshino Cherry has been planted all over the world in temperate climates. Most popular of the white flowering cherry trees, the Yoshino Cherry blooms in the Spring before its leaves emerge making for a spectacular show. These Japanese Cherry trees are famous for the early spring display at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. A smaller deciduous ornamental tree that at maturity only grows to be about 50 feet in height, they do well in full sun and moist, but well drained, soil. Yoshino Cherry trees are excellent trees for home landscaping, with a typical lifespan of 15 to 20 years.
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Common Name: Yoshino Cherry
Most Popular Cultivars: Akebono, Ivensii, Shidare Yoshino
Type: Deciduous Ornamental Tree
Family: Rosaceae
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Leaves: Leaves are alternately arranged, 3 to 6 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide, with a serrated margin; they are often bronze-toned when newly emerged, becoming dark green by summer. Leaves turn yellow in fall.
Size: 40 to 50 feet in height at maturity with 25 to 50 feet in spread.
Hardiness: Zone 5 to 8. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Habit: Rounded and upright spreading with medium adult size. Weeping cultivar has distinct umbrella shape with the ribs cascading to the ground to form a large mound.
Rate: Medium to fast.
Flowers: The flowers emerge before the leaves in early spring; they are slightly fragrant, 1 to 1 and a half inches in diameter, with five white or pale pink petals. The flowers grow in clusters of five or six together.
Diseases & Insects: Aphids, scales and spider mites are a few common sap-sucking insects that can become a minor problem.
Landscape Value: With its flowers forming well before the leaves, Yoshino Cherry trees are some of the showiest of all ornamental trees. As an excellent specimen plant, Yoshino Cherry trees are often used in groupings to increase their appeal. Because the Yoshino Cherry grows rather fast, be sure to give it ample room and plenty of sunshine when selecting a position for planting. Also, be mindful of eventual replacement. Yoshino Cherry trees typically live for 15 to 20 years.
Soil Preference: Grows in acidic, loamy, sandy, and clay soils, but prefers moist and well-drained soils.
Care: Water regularly after initial planting and prune as necessary to maintain form and desired shape.
Fertilization: Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the tree 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established tree.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root system, with a depth no deeper than the original soil line on trunk. Break up the soil to the finest consistency possible. Place plant in hole and fill, compacting the fill dirt. Water the plant heavily to seal soil around the roots and remove air pockets. Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.



Interested in purchasing Yoshino Cherry cuttings?
This product can only be shipped during the Winter and Spring shipping season

We offer both Yoshino Cherry and Weeping Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis var. perpendens) cuttings in 5 4-18" plant packages for $40.00 that include shipping. For further information regarding planting procedure and technique, please visit boydnursery.net/planting/. We ship via Priority Mail from zip-code 37111 and DO NOT ship plants west of the Rocky Mountains.


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