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Prunus x yedoensis

Yoshino 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 x yedoensis

Believed to be a hybrid between Prunus 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. by 30 ft..

'Akebono' ('Daybreak')

Horizontal branches; graceful, open pattern. Flowers more decidedly pink than those of standard P. x yedoensis, come early. One of the best, most disease-free flowering cherries in the Pacific Northwest. Grows 25 ft. high and wide.

'Shidare Yoshino'

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

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