Yoshino Cherry tree or the botanical name Prunus x yedoensis is quite a spectacular specimen when in bloom. Because of its low and spreading habit, it is not recommended to plant along side driveways, patios or streets. This specimen tree can stand alone in a plant bed to provide a showy display of pale pink blooms fading to white in March. The flowers will emerge before the foliage creating a complete tree of blooms. A perfect tree for your front gardens to wow your Easter dinner guests.
The Yoshino Cherry tree above was the incorrect tree selection. The mature size of the tree will reach approximately 15 feet in height and spread to about 25 feet wide. It prefers zones 5-8. A few more years and this gorgeous tree will hide the street sign. Pruning is not recommended because of its perfect form. You only want to remove branches that are rubbing or dead.
Another reason I love using this tree in my designs is the contrasting colors. Look at the deep dark brown bark against the light colored flowers. Just magnificent.
Because this tree grows rather low to the ground and roots are shallow, I recommend having a plant bed beneath the cherry tree and install a ground cover like vinca or pachysandra. I would use the white blooming vinca to brighten up the dark space beneath the tree.
The blooms are so beautiful.
Not only are the flowers, form of tree and contrasting colors a plus, so is the fact it provides yellow fall foliage color.
The Yoshino Cherry tree also comes in a weeping habit. It is incredibly graceful.
Another favorite plant of mine.
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