Landscaping, Shrubs and Trees, Spring Gardening

Flowering Cherry Trees

What tree is prettier in the spring than a flowering cherry tree?  I get this may just be a personal preference of mine, but I am willing to bet that many of you find the sight and smell of a flowering cherry tree intoxicating.  The flowering cherry tree is native to Japan, but is very popular here in the US. In fact, the cherry tree is a symbol of the relationship between the United States and Japan! If you have ever been to Washington, DC in the spring, you may have planned your trip around the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  If you have never been to, or even heard of this, there are thousands of cherry trees that burst into bloom in our nation’s capital when spring arrives.  It is an amazing sight to see!

Japanese cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin with the Jefferson Memorial in the background.

While you are probably not thinking of planting thousands of cherry trees in your yard (or maybe you are now!), a flowering cherry tree is an excellent choice.  There are many varieties to choose from and I have listed below the ones we are have in stock this spring. Flowering cherry trees do not produce fruit–they are ornamental.  But that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth every penny.

In the spring, flowering cherry trees burst into bloom and boast shades of white, pale pink and dark pink. The blossoms can have anywhere from 5 to 50 petals, depending on the variety.  Some blossoms are even yellow or green. Many of the cherry blossoms have a sweet almond scent, so they are not only beautiful, but smell amazing, too! (If you have a Bradford Pear, consider chopping it down and planting a flowering cherry tree in its place.  Your nose will thank you, I promise.) The blooms last about 2-3 weeks as long as Mother Nature cooperates and doesn’t send down pouring rains, heavy winds, or dreaded late snow/ice.

Spring is not the only time flowering cherry trees are beautiful.  In summer, the foliage matures into a lush dark green (in most varieties).  When fall arrives, your tree will have either shades of red, gold or orange.   In winter the varying shapes of their trunks and branches will add interest to your landscape.  

Flowering cherry trees are very versatile.  You can plant a single tree as a focal point in your garden.  Or find the perfect pair to plant on both sides of your garage.  Or plant in rows to create a beautiful blooming canopy. When the summer foliage grows in, your tree will provide great shade.  

The varieties we currently have in stock are below.  Don’t wait! These trees will sell quickly. Come by and pick one out today! This time, you can bring green (and pink!!) home!

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