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Yoshino Cherry

Scientific Name

Prunus x yedoenis

Origin

Japan, Korea & China

Habitat

Grows best in medium moist, well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade.  

Growth Nature

A rapid growing tree, they can quickly reach 20 ft. in a few years.  Mature height can reach between 30 40 ft., with about an equal amount of spread.   Holds up well in heat and humidity, but does not do well in drought conditions.  Has upright to horizontal branching and a symmetrical canopy.  A short lived tree.

Points of Interest

  • Planted mainly as a specimen or ornamental in the landscape.

  • Sometimes used in bonsai.

  • In 1912, the Japanese government gave 3000 Yoshino Cherry trees to the United States.  To this day, Washington D.C. is known for spring blooming of the cherry blossoms. 

  • The life expectancy of a Yoshino Cherry is only about 15 20 years.

  • The Yoshino cherry attracts butterflies when in bloom and birds once the fruit appears. 

  • The flowers are both showy and fragrant.

  • Commonly used as shade trees, ornamentals, street trees, in buffer strips and around parking lots.