• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 20 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Sensational Spring Flowers
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PROO-nus ser-ew-LAY-ta
    Plant type:Tree
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 20 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasFlowering Cherry are certainly a part of the Asian garden palette, but they are just as appropriate for traditional beds and borders. Planted as single accents against darker background evergreens, its beautiful bark and graceful form are perfect for the romantic cottage or country garden. This upright Cherry works well as a street tree, front-yard showpiece, lining driveway edges in cooler climates or as a smaller shade tree in city gardens. Plant as a single specimen, in pairs at entries and gateways and in groves to compound their influence.
    Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Lilac (Syringa); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus); Coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide humus-rich, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune for shape and structure after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This is a fine cherry species native to China, Japan and Korea that came into the west relatively late. It was discovered by Ernest Wilson, perhaps the most famous of the plant hunters in China who worked at the time of this introduction for the Arnold Arboretum at Boston. He introduced P. serrulata in 1908. Its name and classification is credited to John Lindley of England choosing a species to described the serrated leaves. He died in 1865 however, suggesting that the Horticultural Society or Kew knew of the tree long before Wilson brought it to America. Perhaps the confusion is due to the many cultivars and hybrids created by the Chinese that were already sold and widely grown in gardens there by the time westerners arrived.
    Flowering cherry trees are the very embodiment of all spring blossoms in the Japanese tea garden.