Trees and shrubs

Japanese cherry tree: beautiful


The Japanese cherry tree is one of the most beautiful spring flowering trees. It is also an emblematic tree of Japanese garden.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Prunusserrulata
Family : Rosaceae
Type : Tree

Height : 5 to 12 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary, well drained

Foliage : Expired -Flowering : February-April

From planting to pruning, every step is important to have beautiful flowers in spring and good growth throughout the seasons.

Japanese cherry tree plantation

It is recommended plant the Japanese cherry tree in the fall, before the first frosts to facilitate rooting.

If you plant your Japanese cherry tree in winter, do it outside of frost periods.

But like all trees bought in pots or containers, it will be possible to plant the Japanese cherry tree in spring or summer by avoiding periods of strong heat.

In this case, plan a regular watering during the first year after planting.

  • The Japanese cherry tree likes sunny but not scorching situations.
  • It needs well-drained soil

Japanese cherry tree in pot:

It is quite possible to grow the Japanese cherry tree in a pot, on a terrace or a large balcony.

  • Provide a pot of sufficient size.
  • Make sure the bottom of the pot is well drilled to avoid standing water.
  • Place a bed of gravel or clay balls at the bottom of the pot.
  • Plant the Japanese cherry tree in tree and shrub soil.
  • Water as soon as the substrate is dry on the surface.

Japanese cherry tree pruning

Like most prunus, no pruning is really necessary except for dead branches.

Do not prune before flowering but wait for the end of flowering for pruning, if necessary, to balance or reduce the branches.

Japanese cherry trees, like all prunus, are fragile trees and vulnerable to diseases like fungi. The less we prune them, the better we protect them from this kind of attack.

Size advice:

  • Thoroughly disinfect your pruning tools with 90 ° alcohol or any other sanitizer before pruning.
  • Do not hesitate to repeat the operation before each pruning stroke
  • Seal wounds with healing putty.

Japanese cherry varieties

Among the most famous varieties, we find the great Kanzan cherry whose blooming double flowers in spring is one of the most spectacular.

We also have the kiku Shidare Sakura, the Hokusai, or theAccolade. The latter, smaller in size than the kanzan, grow to between 6 and 8 m and are also dressed in very beautiful spring flowers.

Finally, if you are looking for a small prunus for a small garden, choose a "Amanogawa« .

  • Did you know ? The flowering cherry or Japanese cherry tree is part of the same family as the traditional cherry tree.

All varieties of Japanese cherry have great resistance to frost and cold since they are resistant to negative temperatures in the range of -15 to -20 °.

All you need to know about Japanese cherry blossoms

The Japanese cherry tree, also called cherry blossom, offers spectacular flowering in late winter or early spring.

Absolutely magnificent, it brightens the beginnings of our springs with abundant flowering and tones ranging from white to pink.

This period, although rather short, will make your garden a colorful space and herald the return of sunny days.

It is part of the large prunus family, like the Cherry tree by the way, and we come from Asia.

The flowering period depends on the variety, which is why some flower in February, others in March and the last in early April.

Smart tip

Avoid places that are too exposed to the wind so as not to shorten the flowering period!

The Japanese cherry tree also fears situations that are too sunny and scorching in summer.


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