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Prunus x yedoensis 'Somei-Yoshino' (Yoshino Cherry)

Japanese Flowering Cherry 'Somei-Yoshino', Yoshino Cherry, Potomac Cherry, Tokyo Cherry


One of the most popular flowering cherry trees grown in Japan, Prunus x yedoensis 'Somei Yoshino' (Yoshino Cherry) is a small deciduous tree of great beauty. Blooming in early or mid spring for 2 to 3 weeks, its bare branches are smothered with generous clusters of slightly almond-scented, single, pale pink flowers which fade to white as they age. They give way to small, shiny, black fruits which are quickly devoured by birds. As the flowers wane, the ovate, dark green leaves emerge and create a fresh summer canopy. Easy to grow and dramatic looking with all the flowers coming out at once and falling at once. 'Somei Yoshino' has been widely exported from Japan and planted extensively in places like Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin (Potomac Park).

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Typically grows with broad-spreading branches and reaches 30 ft. in height and spread (9 m).
  • Performs best in full sun in moist, relatively fertile, well-drained soils. This cherry tree is not tolerant of heavy clay soils with poor drainage.
  • Perfect choice as single specimen plant, lawns.
  • Prune in midsummer if silver leaf is a problem
  • Watch for caterpillars, leaf-mining moths, bullfinches, silver leaf, bacterial canker and blossom wilt.
  • Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 3 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Spread 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 3 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Spread 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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