Yoshino Cherry

Scientific Name
Prunus x yedoenis

Japan, Korea & China

Grows best in medium moist, well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade.

Growth Nature
A rapid growing tree, they can quickly reach 20 ft. in a few years. Mature height can reach between 30 – 40 ft., with about an equal amount of spread. Holds up well in heat and humidity, but does not do well in drought conditions. Has upright to horizontal branching and a symmetrical canopy. A short lived tree.

Points of Interest

  • Planted mainly as a specimen or ornamental in the landscape.
  • Sometimes used in bonsai.
  • In 1912, the Japanese government gave 3000 Yoshino Cherry trees to the United States. To this day, Washington D.C. is known for spring blooming of the cherry blossoms.
  • The life expectancy of a Yoshino Cherry is only about 15 – 20 years.
  • The Yoshino cherry attracts butterflies when in bloom and birds once the fruit appears.
  • The flowers are both showy and fragrant.
  • Commonly used as shade trees, ornamentals, street trees, in buffer strips and around parking lots.