Yoshino Cherry Tree

Prunus x yedoensis

Best known as the stars of Washington, D.C.’s annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, Yoshino Cherry Trees are an ornamental tree popular for their clusters of beautiful pale-pink blossoms. While its fruit is generally not sweet enough for human palettes, Yoshino cherry trees are prized for being easy to care for, adaptable, and aesthetically pleasing.

  • Adaptable to a variety of climates, and tolerant of heat and humidity
  • With a pleasing natural shape, it does not need to be pruned for aesthetic reasons
  • Fruit attracts many birds, including robins, cardinals, and waxwings
  • Ships in 1-2 days
  • 1-Year Warranty Eligible
  • Pots or accessories are not included unless specified in the product options.
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Plant Care

Sunlight

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Yoshino cherries flourish in full sun: 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day.

Watering

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Newly-planted Yoshino cherries need frequent watering; after they are established, water when the soil is very dry.

Fertilizing

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Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer formulated for flowering trees in spring; add compost yearly around tree.

Planting instructions

The best time to plant your Yoshino cherry tree is in the spring or fall. Choose a planting location that receives full sun, and has moist, well-draining soil. Dig a wide, deep hole with a mound of soil at the center. Set the tree on the soil mound, and spread out the roots. Starting with a nutrient-rich topsoil, backfill the hole to cover the roots, and water when the hole is about two-thirds full. Fill in the rest of the hole, without covering the crown. Spread a 3-inch layer of mulch over the tree’s root zone, keeping the mulch approximately 8 inches from the trunk.

Watering and nutrients

Yoshino cherry trees need consistently moist soil, especially in their infancy. However, they do not tolerate waterlogged soil, so plant them in well-draining soil. Water the tree at the trunk base whenever the top layer of soil dries out. To help the soil retain moisture, add a layer of mulch over the soil. When mulching, leave a gap of a few inches around the trunk, to prevent the trunk from rotting. If your soil is not naturally rich in nutrients, you can use a standard liquid fertilizer as recommended, or add compost rich in organic materials to the top of your soil annually.

Pruning

This tree performs best when left to its own devices, so don’t feel the need to prune on a regular basis. However, you should ensure good maintenance of the tree by removing any dead, damaged, or diseased branches as they appear.

These trees have an upright growth habit with outward spreading branches that result in a dense vase-shaped canopy. Their natural shape is very appealing, so you shouldn’t need to prune for any aesthetic reason. However, if you do decide to prune your Yoshino cherry tree to shape it, then always do so in early summer, to avoid removing any flower buds.

Pests and diseases

These trees can be affected by insects like scale, aphids, and mites. Natural remedies include neem oil, horticultural oil, or insecticidal soap applied thoroughly to the tree. Yoshino cherry trees are also susceptible to leaf-eating caterpillars and tent caterpillars, which can be controlled with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis).

Bacterial diseases like leaf spot and twig cankers, as well as fungal diseases, can affect Yoshino cherry trees. You can prevent these diseases with proper tree care and maintenance. If your tree becomes infected with a bacterial disease, immediately remove infected branches, and fertilize the tree. For fungal infections, treat the entire tree with 2 tablespoons of neem oil mixed with 1 gallon of water.

What you should know about Yoshino Cherry Tree

  • Growth Rate

    Moderate

  • Scientific Name

    Prunus x yedoensis

  • Mature Height

    40-50 ft.

Sun Preference

Full-Partial

FAQs

Do Yoshino cherry trees produce fruit?

Yes, these trees do produce cherries, but not the kind you will find in the grocery store. Yoshinos produce small, black cherries that, while edible, are not appealing to the human palette. However, many different types of birds, including cardinals, robins, and waxwings, as well as other small wildlife, are big fans of the fruit, so if you want to attract some feathered and furry friends to your yard, a Yoshino cherry tree is a good choice.

Are Yoshino cherry trees toxic to dogs?

Yes, the stems, leaves, and blossoms of this tree are toxic to dogs, which may mean these are not an ideal tree for dog-owners. The stems, leaves, and blossoms contain Cyanogenic glycosides, a toxin which prevents oxygen from being properly absorbed and transported by cells (meaning they are also toxic to humans as well). It’s best to keep dogs and these trees separated, or clean up any blossoms, leaves, or stems immediately after they fall.

How long do Yoshino cherry trees live?

With proper attention and care, Yoshino cherry trees can live and flower for about 80 years. Although this is a relatively short lifespan compared to other trees, which can live for hundreds of years, it is certainly long enough for a few generations to enjoy. To improve the longevity of your Yoshino cherry tree, plant it in an area where it will not be harmed by heavy foot traffic or other abuse.

Are Yoshino cherry trees fast-growing?

Given their relatively short lifespans, the answer is yes. These trees grow rather quickly, at a pace of about 3 to 4 feet per year in optimal conditions. Given that Yoshino cherry trees typically grow to be between 25 and 35 feet high, this can mean that you will have a fully grown tree in less than 10 years, giving you plenty of time to enjoy this enchanting, ornamental tree.

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Customer Reviews

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Verified Buyer May 8, 2021 at 3:22pm
ratingYoshino Cherry

Excellent condition on arrival.

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Verified Buyer May 6, 2021 at 10:23am
ratingGreat tree

Excellent. Packing and health of tree

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Verified Buyer April 30, 2021 at 12:05pm
ratingCherry tree

One is okay and one was pretty banged up and is not looking very good.

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Verified Buyer April 29, 2021 at 6:35pm
ratingGreat service

Just planted a little over a week ago, and they look pretty happy. I felt like I got great service, excited to see how they grow and bloom!

Anonymous
Verified Buyer April 13, 2021 at 6:08pm
ratingSo far..... Not sure yet.

So far, it's doing ok I guess. Kinda slow in the growth. I know it will take a few years. But, I'm wondering how long will it take for new branches to form.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer January 26, 2021 at 4:43pm
ratingExcellent Experience

Excellent. No problems.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer June 20, 2020 at 4:11pm
rating4' Yoshino cherry

So far so good.... showed up in good shape and appears healthy. One comment is that there were no planting / care instructions we're included. Would have liked that. All in all I am happy with it as long as it lives.

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Verified Buyer May 30, 2020 at 7:34pm
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While we were concerned about the holes in the leaves on the cherry tree, I was told by your staff that new growth should appear. It is looking healthier by the day. Crape Myrtle was perfect. We are happy with our purchases and will order from you again in the future.

  • deer-resistant
    Deer Resistant
  • fast-grow
    Fast Growing
Mature height
40-50 ft.
Mature width
25-40 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full-Partial
Growth rate
Moderate
Botanical name
Prunus x yedoensis
Shipping exclusions
AZ, CA, WA
Grows Well In Zones
5-8
map
Growing Zones: 5-8
(hardy down to -10°F)
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