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Japanese Flowering Cherry Prunus serrulata

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Phonetic Spelling
PROO-nus ser-yoo-LAY-tuh
Description

Excellent spring color and interesting red brown mahogany bark make this a candidate for a specimen tree.  It is vase-shaped to rounded and it can be short-lived.  Kwanzan is a popular cultivar. This tree is resistant to damage by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  It is prone to trunk splitting.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Kwanzan', 'Mt Fuji', 'Ukon'
Tags:
#red#deciduous#fall color#interesting bark#specimen#white flowers#wildlife plant#spring flowers#food source#cpp#deer resistant#weak wood#vase-shaped#bird friendly#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Kwanzan', 'Mt Fuji', 'Ukon'
Tags:
#red#deciduous#fall color#interesting bark#specimen#white flowers#wildlife plant#spring flowers#food source#cpp#deer resistant#weak wood#vase-shaped#bird friendly#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Prunus
    Species:
    serrulata
    Family:
    Roseaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan, China, Korea
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds relish the fruits, though they are not plentiful.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Rarely fruits.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    White or pink single or double flowers in mid-spring when leaves emerge.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2"-5" long 1 1/4"-2 1/2" wide alternate, simple, ovate to laceolate with serrate margins, cuneate to rounded base, acuminate apex. Petioles have 2-4 glands. New leaves are red, bronze to reddish fall color
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Red/Burgundy
    Bark Description:
    Red brown to gray mahogany bark with horizontal lenticles that make it easy to ID.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
    Short-lived
    Weak Wood