Ornamental cherry trees, also called Japanese cherry trees or Prunus, are very beautiful ornamental trees.
Key Ornamental Cherry tree facts
Height – 16 to 40 feet (5 to 12 meters)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary, well drained
Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – March-April
Pruning and care definitely help it to grow and bloom.
Planting ornamental cherry tree
Just like most plants that have been purchased in pots or containers, it’s possible to wait for spring and summer to transplant it, if you avoid hot spells.
If this is the case, it will be necessary to water regularly over the first few months after planting.
Pruning a Japanese cherry tree
The only pruning that is really important is the removing of dead wood.
Don’t prune before the blooming, but wait until it is over to reduce tree size or balance the branches, if needed.
Ornamental cherry tree or Prunus varieties
Other varieties are the ‘Kiku Shidare Sakura’, ‘Hokusai’ and ‘Accolade’. These last ones are smaller than the ‘Kanzan’, and grow to be 20 to 26 feet (6 to 8 meters) tall, and also cover themselves with beautiful spring flowers.
Lastly, if a small Prunus tree for a smaller garden is what you are looking for, check out the ‘Amanogawa’ variety.
- Did you know…? Ornamental cherry trees or Japanese cherry trees are part of same family as traditional cherry-bearing cherry trees.
Learn more about ornamental cherry trees
An ornamental cherry trees is absolutely magnificent. It brightens our first spring days with abundant flowers in hues that range from white to pink.
This time span, although quite short, will turn your garden in to a burst of color that signals that warmer weather is just about to come back.
Smart tip about ornamental cherry trees, Prunus trees
Avoid places that are too exposed to wind so that the fragile blooms aren’t swept away too soon!
Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Ornamental cherry tree, whole by Hans Braxmeier under Pixabay license
Ornamental cherry blossoms by prom under Pixabay license
On Instagram : double-flowered ornamental cherry by Hans Braxmeier under Pixabay license