Akebono Yoshino Cherry
Akebono Yoshino Cherry
Prunus x yedoensis 'Akebono'Item #6698 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
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Create a spectacular show with masses of fragrant, double white to pink flowers on this large flowering cherry with a beautiful, spreading, arching crown. Glossy, dark green leaves turn bright yellow in fall. A stunning lawn specimen that is excellent for use as a shade tree. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus x yed-oh-EN-sisDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 25 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Bird Friendly, Fall Color, Fall Color, Year-round Interest, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PinkDesign IdeasThis is one of the largest of all flowering Cherry, with a habit that is more spreading than the usual vase shape. Broad canopy means it will provide shade for smaller patios, front yards, and other outdoor living spaces. A stunning single specimen in lawns or when used as a street tree. Even more lovely at your front-yard entry gate or to highlight a cottage garden. Large enough to line driveways or mark vehicle entries. Size makes it a great source of strong spring color in large home landscapes, parks and commercial sites.Companion PlantsEastern Snowball (Viburnum); Lilac (Syringa); Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Coneflower (Echinacea)
- CareCare InformationProvide humus-rich, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune for shape and structure after flowering.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This is a hybrid flowering cherry is considered the most floriferous of the group. It was developed in Japan with ancestry that is difficult to trace. It was introduced into the United States in 1902 through the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Mass, where stock was developed which resulted into a number of cultivars. It is known there as the Yoshino Cherry of Tokyo and nearly a thousand trees were planted there in 1912 as a part of the cherry collection presented to the mayor as a gift of friendship.. This is the species planted around the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. This tree comes true from seed but is most often grafted onto a Prunus avium rootstock.Lore:The flowering cherry is the quintessential symbol of spring and among the few flowering plants in the traditional Japanese tea garden.