Plant Family Guides: Prunus - Flowering Trees Plant-Family Guides
Incredibly pretty when in full bloom, the Japanese flowering cherry, Prunus serrulata, is primarily grown for its profuse and showy spring blossoms in early or mid spring. Depending on cultivars, the flowers may come in various shades of white and pink and may be single, semi-double or double.
A remarkable flowering cherry tree, Higan cherry, Prunus x subhirtella, is a landscape tree with multi-season interest. Prized for its profuse blooms in early or mid spring, it is also noted for its sporadic blossoms in fall during warm days - a rare treat!
Regarded one of the most spectacular of flowering trees, the Yoshino cherry, Prunus x yedoensis, is highly celebrated for its thousands of showy, almond-scented blossoms coming out all at once along its bare branches in early spring and then quickly falling..
Plant one of these shrubs or small trees and enjoy a spectacular late fall and winter display. They all possess brightly colored fruits and are an excellent way to brighten the drab winter garden, turning sorry spots into beautiful focal points.
According to the Flower Association of Japan, there are over three hundred species, varieties and hybrids of Japanese flowering cherries. These flowering cherries come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes and several are excellent additions to the garden. All are incredibly beautiful.
Weeping cherry trees make a terrific focal point in the landscape, with their black limbs holding up an umbrella-shaped crown of flowers. Easy to grow, they rarely need pruning. Just give them some sun and a well-drained soil and you will be rewarded with infinite beauty in your garden.
Ornamental cherry trees are typically planted for the majestic yet delicate beauty of their flowers. However, many varieties are noted for their multi-season interest. Some display wonderful fall color, with their foliage warming up to brilliant shades of gold, red, or orange. Others enjoy a graceful shape that commands attention with their cascading branches creating an umbrella where everyone would want to stand under.
Many Japanese flowering cherries are fragrant and exude a pleasing scent of crushed almond. Prunus 'Amanogawa' is reported by some as having a freesia fragrance. However, in cold and rainy days, their fragrance is barely perceptible, except for strongly scented cherries such as 'Amanogawa' or 'Jo-nioi'.
Most cherry tree varieties bloom in spring over a season that usually lasts several weeks. However, changes in weather conditions may have an impact on the time of flowering, advancing or delaying the appearance of the beloved cherry blossoms by several weeks.
Here is a list of pretty cherry trees for early color in your spring garden. In the last two weeks of March, they will surely wipe away those memories of our most recent winter
Here is a list of pretty cherry trees for late season color (late March to mid April) in your spring garden. They will make a wonderful addition to your garden and be one of your spring delights with their clouds of blossom.
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