The most popular cherry blossom tree and a national landmark in D.C., the Kwanzan Cherry is a gorgeous ornamental specimen that adds a burst of sumptuous color to any sort of landscape…
What distinguishes the lovely Kwanzan Cherry?
Breathtakingly beautiful spring blossoms.
Low-maintenance as an ornamental tree.
Moderate height and width, making it perfect for small yards.
Lovely warm fall colors.
Keeping up appearances…
Binomially classified as the “Prunus Kwanzan”, the Kwanzan Cherry is a proudly upright tree with a vase-like silhouette. It is of medium build, ranging up to 25 ft. in both height and width. It is most characterized by its gorgeous spring blossoms, typically pastel pink on color, which blossom from April to May. The leaves of its deciduous green canopy—lush and abundant, allowing this specimen to function as a fast-growing shade tree as well—transition to coppery hues of gold and bronze in the autumn before being shed in the winter to reveal the tree’s dark trunk.
A friendly recommendation.
Though the Kwanzan Cherry does not boast a lifespan exceeding 25 years, its inarguable beauty makes it a worthy investment, and it should come as no surprise that it reigns as the most popular of all the double flowering cherry trees. With a hardiness zone rating of 5-9, this ornamental tree thrives with full and abundant sunlight and prefers moist conditions, although it is somewhat drought-tolerant. It may be planted in acidic, alkaline, clay, loamy, sandy, well-drained, and wet soils. The Kwanzan Cherry is susceptible to a number of pests but can become resilient with preventive methods including proactive fertilizer and adequate irrigation.
Awesome tree trivia!
- The Kwanzan Cherry derived its name from a mountain in Japan; this flowering specimen is native to China, Korea, and—of course—Japan. It was introduced to America in 1903.
- This tree has become famous throughout the world due to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival held in Washington D.C. every spring, which celebrates the magnificent floral display of the U.S. capitol’s trees.
This Tree's Zone: 5 to 8
Your Growing Zone:
|Shape||Upright, Vase Shaped|
|Size||15 to 25 feet|
|Spread||15 to 25 feet|