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Deciduous Trees (Flowering) – Japanese Cherry

  • Japanese Cherry

Botanical name: Prunus Serrulata 

Beginner friendly?: yes

Average size at maturity: up to 50 ft in height and 20 ft in width 

Bloom time: spring 

Hardy zone:  zones 5-10 

Flower color: pink/white

Foliage color: green 

Growth rate:  grows about 2 ft per year 

Pruning instructions: trim in the late winter/early spring to maintain desired size and shape 

Propagation methods: cut a stem just below a node and place in water until roots start to emerge

Landscape use:  focal point 

Light needs: at least 6 hours of sun per day 

Special features: blooming periods have been celebrated in Japan for at least 1,000 years

Watering instructions: keep soil consistently moist

Fertilizing instructions :  use 5-10-10 or 10-15-15 in the early spring to break dormancy

Best time to plant: spring or fall

Best type of soil: sandy/clay 

Companion plants: chamomile, tulips, daffodils

Toxicity level: non-toxic for humans and mildly toxic for pets if ingested

Invasive species: no

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