serrulata or Japanese Cherry; also called Hill Cherry, Oriental Cherry or East Asian Cherry, is a species of cherry native to Japan, Korea and China.
It is known for its spring cherry blossom displays and festivals.
Fast Growth, Fragrant
Flowers, Fall Colors, Edible Fruits, Attracts Birds, Wildlife Food/Shelter,
Cold Tolerant, Bonsai
Prunus serrulata or Japanese
Cherry is a species of cherry, native to Japan,
Korea and China. It is a small deciduous tree with a short single trunk and
dense crown reaching a height of about 15 to 25 feet tall. The
smooth bark is chestnut-brown, with prominent horizontal lenticels. The leaves
are arranged alternately, simple, ovate to lanceolate, 5 inches long with a
short petiole and a serrate or doubly serrate margin. At the end of autumn, the
green leaves turn yellow, red or crimson. The flowers are produced in racemose
clusters of two to five together at nodes on short spurs in spring at the same
time as the new leaves appear. Flowers come in single, semi-double or double
form and may be fragrant or non-fragrant. The fruit is a globose black pea-sized drupe appearing in late summer.
The Japanese Flowering
Cherry Tree, which only blooms for a very short time in the spring, is sometimes called Sakura ("tree on which god sits") and symbolizes spring, life and beauty. The
Japanese consider these trees very special. The cherry blossom came to Japanese
when a Japanese goddess named Konohanasakuyahime planted one atop Mt. Fuji.
In 1912, Tokyo gave many
such trees as a gift to the United States. We can find many of these trees
around the Jefferson memorial in Washington D.C., where an annual Cherry
Blossom Festival is held every year since 1935. After World War II, many of the
trees in Japan began to die so we donated pieces of our trees to help save the
population in Japan.
Other Names: Japanese Flowering Cherry, Oriental Cherry, Hill
Cherry, East Asian Cherry
Zone: 5 to 8
Growth rate: Fast
Plant Type: Small
deciduous flowering tree
Native Range: Japan, China, Korea
Height: 15 to 25 feet
Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Shape: Vase-shaped, spreading
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Color: White to pink
Flower/Fruit: Full sun to part shade
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Fall Color: Bronze to red
Drought tolerance: Medium
Site Requirements /Soil
Tolerances: Best grown in moist,
fertile, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full
Culture: Prune after flowering in spring
Uses: Bonsai, specimen or group.
Cherry seed need a warm spell then a cold spell in order to
mature the embryo and reduce the seed coat.
Scarify: Soak 24 hours
Stratify: Warm 30-60 Days, Cold 90-120 days,
40 Degrees F
Germination: Sow 1/2” deep
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