The Japanese Kwanzan Cherry Tree is beloved for its light pink flowers in early spring that look like sweet peonies!
With fully double flowers, the Kwanzan Flowering Cherry Tree lights up the landscape and puts out loads of beautiful blooms for all to enjoy. In the early spring months, clusters of pink flowers will explode all over this tree’s branches. The pink blooms have 2 layers of petals that give them a showy 3D appearance and last for weeks at a time.
The Prunus serrulata Kwanzan Cherry Blossom tree is known for being interesting through all 4 seasons of the tree. The flowering tree has dark green leaves through the spring and summer growing seasons. As soon as temperatures start to drop in your area you will notice the Kwanzan cherry tree leaves turn to a flaming fall color. The green leaves turn to shades of a bronze color with red overtones to signal the start of fall and winter.
Plant this tree where the deep pink double blossoms can be enjoyed. It is an excellent choice as a street tree in your landscape, planted in groups of 3-4, or planted near flower beds where the shade can be relished. You can see these beautiful trees shown off every year at the annual cherry blossom festival in Washington, DC.
Kwanzan Cherry Tree Care
The Kwanzan Cherry Tree Zones are perfect for gardeners who live in the United States plant hardiness growing zones 5-9. This flowering cherry tree is extremely cold hardy and can survive temperatures down to -10 F. Full sun is best for the blooms to show off during the flowering period. Partial shade planting sites are tolerated but flower production may be limited.
The Kwanzan Cherry tree size can get up to 30-40 feet tall and wide at maturity making it a very large tree. This also gives it wonderful shade tree qualities so anyone can enjoy a nice afternoon nap basking in the Kwanzan Japanese Ornamental Cherry’s canopy of shade. The Kwanzan Cherry tree growth rate is up to 1-2 feet per year once established.
You may need to perform Kwanzan cherry tree pruning to help shape the tree to your desired look. It will grow in an upright, vase shape naturally but pruning the branches will actually help to produce even more flowers during the active growth period. In late spring after the specimen tree has finished flowering, prune back any dead or diseased branches. Pruning later than this can cause a loss of flowers for the next season.
Planting Kwanzan Cherry Tree
As soon as the tree arrives you should remove it from the shipping box and water it thoroughly. When you are ready to plant, dig a hole at least twice as large as the root ball. Place the roughened up root ball into the planting hole and backfill with native or amended soil like our Acidic Potting Soil for best results. Compact the soil to ensure there are no air bubbles in the hole. Water the tree thoroughly for the first year until a strong root system is established. Once established, the tree is drought tolerant. A thick 2 inch layer of mulch around the root zone/base of the tree will help to retain moisture during the active growing season. You can apple Kwanzan cherry tree fertilizer annually to help with flower production and to set a good growth habit.
Do Kwanzan Cherry Trees Produce Fruit?
The Japanese Flowering Cherry Kwanzan tree is sterile and produces little to no fruit. Not to fret, the beautiful spring blooms make up for this fact.
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Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'
- Fragrant spring flowers
- Low maintenance
- Beautiful fall foliage