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PlantFiles: Yoshino Cherry
Prunus x yedoensis

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: x yedoensis

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Mar 22, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Spreading, wide vase shape to 30' (40') tall and wide. Like many cherries, these are fast-growing short-lived (not generally more than 50 years). Very beautiful during their famously short season of bloom.

This is widely believed to be a hybrid, but there is some controversy about the parentage. Usually considered P. serrulata x P. subhirtella or P. speciosa x P. subhirtella.

Positive bobbieberecz On Mar 22, 2015, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

I LOVE my Yoshinos. Here in the Northwest corner of Washington state, our temps can dip down close to zero degrees at least for a week each winter. We also deal with 40*-plus fluctuating temps in early to mid spring, going from near 70* in the daytime to below 30* at night, causing disturbing freeze-thaw events. The trees are completely non-plussed by any of this. They're planted in two rows along a grassy road leading up to our upper pasture. I watered them religiously at least twice a week the first year and once a week (or two) the next two. The grassy road slopes and our summer temps can linger at 95* to 104* for several weeks on end. I think I dragged the hose up that road once or twice last summer, but that was all. They're blooming beautifully right now---like a gorgeous tunnel. I bought them at Lowe's with a severe root prune and bare root. Truthfully, I had my doubts. 6 out 8 survived marvelously; I replaced one with another tree from Lowe's and it's doing exceptionally well. I fertilize using a general flowering tree fertilizer on them every 2 years and spread (not too thick!) wood ash from our fireplace around them each spring. I've never had a problem with pests and have pruned them only lightly once. They grow FAST. They're sensitive to being planted too deep and I actually had to remove about 3 inches of soil in a wide circle around two of the trees that stopped growing but continued to flower. They immediately started putting out growth fast and furious. Their shapes are very individual with some springing more upright and others forming a more rounded habit. Deerlike the lower branches but not overly so. GREAT tree---highly recommend it.

Positive DonnaMack On Jan 31, 2009, DonnaMack from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This tree has been extremely successful in my zone 5a yard, which surprised me, since I associate it with warmer climates. It bloomed when very young, and it is on the windiest side of my yard, completely unprotected from the elements. Since I have clay soil, I give it fresh compost and pine bark mulch and use ironite on it each spring.

Positive Alan_Taylor On Aug 22, 2006, Alan_Taylor from Macon, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The city of Macon, Georgia, has more of these trees than are planted in Washington, DC, and Prunus x Yedoensis seems to love it here. Our soil is acidic, we get above average water, and, of course, we have plenty of sun. I planted three bare-root seedlings in the full sun of my front yard in December of 2003. (These trees are best planted in the winter to allow the roots to get established.) I managed to kill one tree accidentally, but the other two are thriving. I watered them weekly for the first year, and after that I ignored them (with the exception of needing to defend the weaker tree from an ant attack last Summer). Now, less than three years from when the seedlings were planted, one tree is @ 15 feet tall, and the other is @ 12 feet. Beautiful white blooms appear in the third week of March here in Middle Georgia (zone 8a).

Negative flowernerd On Apr 18, 2006, flowernerd from Hanson, MA wrote:

The upright form of this tree, though beautiful, hasn't done that well in the Northeast for me unless I can control pests without hurting local birds (bluebirds use it to perch, and I don't want to lose them!). Needs full sun. It is thirsty and needs acidic soil. I have sun, water and acid, but with a dry winter and spring in 2006, things are not good for this tree.
The leaves and fruit must be delicious because they are history by mid-summer. Invasive moth larvae (english) a big problem in late spring/early summer, after leafs out, along with leafhoppers throughout summer.
Cherries are small. Branch die off seems to be common problem, but cutting them off is ok any time of year. If branches cross, cut offenders back right after bloom to avoid reducing next year's bloom.

Positive adamajp1521 On Jul 22, 2005, adamajp1521 from Riverdale, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

These beautiful cherry trees are found all over the Washington, DC Metro area and are the stars of the Cherry Blossom Festival every spring!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Athens, Georgia
Lilburn, Georgia
Macon, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Roswell, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Grayslake, Illinois
Frederick, Maryland
Riverdale, Maryland
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Norfolk, Nebraska
Budd Lake, New Jersey
Sicklerville, New Jersey
Highlands, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
Greenville, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Dallas, Texas
Amelia Court House, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Concrete, Washington
West Union, West Virginia

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