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Prunus sargentii

Sargent's flowering cherry
Deciduous, Trees, Flowers


This rich genus includes everything from English laurel to flowering apricots, cherries, peaches, and plums. (For edible varieties, see individual listings for apricot, cherry, peach, plum, and plum hybridss.)

Ornamental species and forms can be divided into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. Evergreen types are used chiefly as hedges, screens, shade trees, street trees. Deciduous flowering trees and shrubs, closely related to the fruit trees mentioned above, are valued for their winter or spring floral display as well as for attractive shape and for foliage form, texture, and sometimes even fall color. Many of these deciduous kinds offer a bonus of edible fruit.

Prunus sargentii

From north Japan, Korea, Sakhalin Island. Upright, spreading branches form rounded crown on a 40- to 60-foot tree. Good orange-red fall color. Single blush pink flowers in clusters of 2–4. Midseason bloom.


‘Columnaris‘ is narrower and more erect than species, though more vase shaped than truly columnar. It can grow 50 ft. high, producing pink midseason flowers in spring, and turning red-orange in fall.

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