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Cherry Tree Prunus

Growing Cherry Trees: Tips at a Glance

Flowering cherry trees are fast-growing and will put on a show of white or pink blossoms in springtime in USDA growing zones 4-9 (depending on the variety). They typically live for from 25 to 50 years.

  • Type Flowering tree
  • Lifespan 25-50 years
  • USDA Growing Zones 4 to 9
  • Light Sun
  • Water Moist soil
  • Soil Well drained
  • Design Tip Showstopper
  • Companions Rugosa roses
  • Peak Season Spring blossoms

Cherry Trees: A Field Guide

Not to be confused with cherry trees cultivated for fruit, the seven species of flowering Prunus (and their cultivars) are a cause for springtime celebration in cities all over the world from Tokyo to Washington, D.C. to Salem, Oregon (nickname: The Cherry City). 

And now imagine the excitement of looking out your own window to see the powderpuff blossoms in full force in your own garden. Flowering cherry trees flourish in temperate climates (from USDA growing zones 4 to 9, depending on the cultivar).

Prunus belongs to the Rosaceae family, along with roses, apricots, raspberries, and plums. Cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan, where the most photogenic of them all may be P. serrulata (whose pink blossoms are the symbol of the sakura festival). For the best Prunus cultivars to plant in a home garden, see Cherry Blossoms: 6 Flowering Trees to Grow at Home.

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