15 Different Types of Cherry Blossom Trees (With Pictures)
We’ve all seen cherry blossom trees blooming in people’s yards and smelled the fragrant aroma wafting on the gentle breeze of spring. These are deciduous trees that produce fragrant masses of pink or white flowers during the spring of the year.
If you’re looking to add a touch of spring and a good amount of color to your backyard, then a cherry blossom tree is a perfect choice. It’s not even that hard to grow a cherry blossom tree, so you don’t have to worry that the care of one will take up all of your time or be too difficult of an undertaking.
However, it is essential to note that there are quite a few different types of these trees out there to choose from. In this guide, we’ll give you a few of the different types and tell you a bit about them as well.
The 15 Different Types of Cherry Blossom Trees
1. Japanese Cherry Blossom Tree (Prunus Serrulata)
The Japanese Cherry Blossom Tree is also called the Sakura tree. Its blossoms are a gorgeous pink and blossom in the early to middle spring of the year. The tree features green leaves that turn vibrant red or a warm bronze color come autumn.
These trees grow to 25 feet upright and have a crown that spreads. They grow best in full sunlight, with moist, well-drained soil.
2. Yoshino Cherry Blossom Tree (Prunus yedoensis)
The Yoshino Cherry Blossom Tree is also known as the Somei-Yoshino tree and is one of the more popular Cherry Blossom Trees because of its pale pink and white flowers. These flowers are stunning, and the tree has a crown that is shaped like a vase, and the green foliage turns to a gorgeous reddish-orange in the autumn of the year.
These trees are fast-growing and tops out at 30 feet at maturity, so make sure you have the room in your yard before planting one. It’s essential to note that the hard cherries from the tree are not edible, but they will attract birds to your yard during the summer season.
3. Kwanzan Cherry Blossom Tree (Prunus Serrulata)
The Kwanzan Cherry Blossom Tree is considered to be the most ornamental tree in the Cherry Blossom family. The flowering tree tops out at 30feet, with spreading growth that is shaped like a vase. It turns an appealing yellowish-orange in the autumn before slowly drifting to the ground. However, this tree doesn’t produce any fruit.
4. Bird Cherry Blossom Tree (Prunus padus)
Bird Cherry Blossom Trees are gorgeous. The flowers are great-smelling white flowers that grow in clusters right after the spring season starts and leaves appear. This fruit-producing tree is nicknamed the European Bird Cherry Tree. However, pea-sized cherries grown on this tree can’t be consumed due to their bitterness. The cherries are black, and the leaves on the tree are long and turn from green to a pretty yellow in the autumn of the year.
5. Okame Cherry Tree (Prunus X incam)
The Okame Cherry Tree features five-petaled flowers that are a pretty reddish pink when they are in bloom. These small upright trees are perfect for small backyards and have crowns like vases that become rounder as they mature. They flower from early spring to late in the autumn.
6. Fuji Cherry Blossom Tree (Prunus incisa)
Fuji Cherry Blossom Trees have a dense foliage and rounded growth. These trees grow up to 26 feet in height, making them small or slightly medium tree that are perfect for a small yard that has plenty of sunlight.
This tree has oval-shaped leaves that are serrated and turn a pretty shade of yellow or orange in the autumn months.
7. Sargent’s Cherry Blossom Tree (Prunus sargentii)
The Sargent’s Cherry Tree is a Japanese Cherry Tree and sports masses of light pink flowers with a fragrant scent. It tops out at 40 feet tall and as is also called the North Japanese Cherry Tree. In early spring, you’ll see red buds on the tree, then those buds will turn into pink flowers that have edges that are wavy. The bark of this tree is a shiny mahogany color, and the way the trees spreads out makes it the perfect tree to seek out shade under on a hot summer’s day.
8. Dwarf Flowering Fuji Cherry Tree (Prunus incisa)
Dwarf Flowering Fuji Cherry Trees are trees that only reach eight-foot-tall at maturity, making them perfect for yards that have little room for trees. This mini tree can be identified with ease by its bunches of individual white flowers and the fact that its branches are in a zig-zag pattern. The leaves of the tree are green during the summer months, then turn to a gorgeous red as the autumn season approaches.
9. Weeping Higan Cherry Blossom Tree (Prunus subhirtella)
Weeping Cherry Blossom Trees such as the Weeping Higan Cherry Blossom Tree have branches that droop as if they’re weeping. This particular tree features green leaves and double pink flowers. It also grows up to 30 feet, so it is best suited for a larger yard. The green leaves of this weeping cherry blossom tree turn a golden yellow color as autumn rears its head.
10. Double Weeping Cherry Tree (Prunus X subhirtella)
The Double Weeping Cherry Tree is an amazing sight for anyone to see in a garden, so if you have room, you’ll want to invest in planting one soon. Topping out at 25 feet, the branches drooping from this tree are amazing and gorgeous. In the middle of spring, the cascading branches of this tree burst forth with dual flowers in a few different varieties of pink.
11. Pink Snow Showers Weeping Cherry Tree (Prunus X Pisnshzam)
Pink Snow Showers Weeping Cherry Trees feature graceful growing habits. Their growing habits result in foliage and flowers that anyone would be proud to have on their property. Growing to be 15 feet tall at maturity, this tree has leaves that turn to a golden yellow color come autumn. When the leaves autumn, they reveal the red bark of the tree underneath, making this a gorgeous, colorful tree all around.
12. Snow Fountain Dwarf Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree ()Prunus serrulata
If you’re searching for the perfect example of a Dwarf Cherry Blossom Tree, then you’ll find it with the Snow Fountain Dwarf Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree. It tops out at 15 feet tall at maturity and features a narrow growth habit. It has white, great-smelling flowers that burst forth on the scene during the middle of spring. The lush leaves of this dwarf tree turn to stunning yellow and gold shades in the autumn.
13. Japanese Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree (Prunus serrulata)
The Japanese Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree is perfect for landscaping a garden, as they grow to only 10 feet at maturity. They feature stunning flowers that look like balls and glossy leaves. In the autumn of the year, those green leaves give way to a bronze color, then when they autumn to the ground, a bronze bark remains for all the world to see.
14. Hiromi Dwarf Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree (Prunus jacquemontii)
The Hiromi Dwarf Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree is another tree that’s perfect for small yards and gardens. They grow to no larger than seven feet tall and do best in moist soil and where they can get the full effect of the sun. The flowers are a stunning pink color and burst forth in the spring, only to give way to a bright golden yellow color when autumn comes to call.
15. Weeping Yoshino Cherry Blossom Tree (Prunus X yedoensis)
The Weeping Yoshino Cherry Blossom Tree is the last tree on our list. Featuring crown that has an umbrella shape, this tree looks amazing no matter what season it is. At the beginning of the spring season, the flowers of the tree are white, giving way to gold leaves during the autumn, then a shiny bark in the winter of the year. This tree tops out at 15 feet in maturity.
So now that you know the 15 types of Cherry Blossom Trees there are to choose from, you might want to know a little bit about growing your very own. We’ll talk about that a little in the section below.
Growing a Cherry Blossom Tree
Cherry Blossom Trees are famous for their blossoms in the spring season. It’s best to grow most of these trees in zones five through nine, but there are some cold-hardy Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees that can thrive in other zones as well.
If you’re thinking of planting one of these gorgeous flowering trees in your yard, pick a spot where it can get the full benefit of sunlight, as it’ll need at least six to eight hours of sunlight a day to thrive. In addition, your tree needs to be planted in moist, well-drained soil. Finally, keep in mind that you might have to water your tree twice a week during the summer.
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This concludes our list of the types of Cherry Blossom Trees you can choose from for your garden or yard. Remember to check what zone you live in before planting your tree and make sure it gets plenty of direct sunlight, as well as being planted in moist yet well-drained soil for the best results.
Before you know it, you’ll have the smell of fragrant flowers and a gorgeous flowering tree in your yard for all the neighborhood to be in awe of.
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