Japanese Kwanzan Cherry Tree

Bright Pink Pom Pom Flowers with Light Fragrance Line This Tree in Early Spring!

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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Botanical Name

Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 15-25 ft
Mature Width 15-20 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Fragrant spring flowers
  • Low maintenance
  • Beautiful fall foliage

Shipping Info

Once your Japanese Kwanzan Cherry Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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    Very well packed and arrived in great condition.. Perfect Plants are a company I will definitely order from again. Thank you.

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      Hi Kristine, you are one of our most loyal customers!! Thank you! We hope you love your new Japanese Kwanzan Cherry Tree!

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