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Prunus x yedoensis

Yoshino Cherry
Rosaceae
Deciduous, Trees, Flowers

PRUNUS

Discussed here are ornamental members of the genus Prunus. Fruit trees belonging to this genus—collectively known as stone fruits—are described under their common names. See Almond; Apricot; Cherry; Peach and Nectarine; Plum (includes Prune); and Plum Hybrids.

Ornamental species and forms can be divided into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. Evergreen types are used chiefly as hedges, screens, shade trees, and 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 x yedoensis

Believed to be a hybrid between P. serrulata and P. subhirtella. Horizontal branches form a graceful, open pattern. The tree is covered with single, light pink to nearly white flowers early in the season. This is the cherry planted around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Fast growing to 40 ft. tall and 30 ft. wide.

‘Akebono’

One of the best, most disease-free flowering cherries in the Pacific Northwest. Grows to 25 ft. tall and wide. Horizontal branches and a graceful, open pattern. Flowers are more decidedly pink than those of standard P. x yedoensis. Early bloom. 

‘Shidare Yoshino’

A weeping form of Yoshino cherry, this tree grows quickly to 40 ft. tall, with gracefully weeping branches and white, fragrant flowers. Unusually disease-free.

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