Prunus, Japanese Flowering Cherry, Kwanzan Cherry, Sheraton Cherry 'Kanzan'

Prunus serrulata

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: serrulata (ser-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kanzan
Additional cultivar information:(aka Kwanzan, Sekiyama, Sekizan)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Oakland, California

Chicago, Illinois

Granite City, Illinois

Madison, Indiana

Kalona, Iowa

Calvert City, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Ijamsville, Maryland

Valley Lee, Maryland

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Galesburg, Michigan

Tecumseh, Michigan

Saint Robert, Missouri

Kearney, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Jersey City, New Jersey

Middlesex, New Jersey

Riverdale, New Jersey

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Mahopac, New York

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Bath, Pennsylvania

Milford, Pennsylvania

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Greer, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Cibolo, Texas

Plano, Texas

Whitehouse, Texas

Abingdon, Virginia

Gordonsville, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Sterling, Virginia

Waverly, Virginia

Eatonville, Washington

Langley, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 16, 2020, Beetreeguy from Gordonsville, VA wrote:

I fell in love with Kwanzans when we moved into a house with one in the front yard. For two full weeks every spring, they burst into a mass of pink petals. That makes up for a lot of the faults that others have mentioned. Their moderate size and vase shape make them a good choice for a front yard, although the branches do start to droop lower with age and the roots can make growing grass underneath them a challenge. The leaves emerge with a bronze color and end with a nice fall color display. But let's be honest, it's really about the bloom. You can expect Kwanzans to bloom about a week after Yoshinos, a mid-April event in D.C. (depending on weather). Because they bloom later, leaves are starting to emerge at the same time, detracting slightly from the otherwise superior flowers. They are ... read more


On Apr 10, 2016, Cathyjojo from Greer, SC wrote:

Happy to be able to identify this beautiful tree. Came with our 7 year old home. Love the smooth bark. Yes it only blooms for 2 weeks. Big pink double flowers. Otherwise the tree is low maintinance. No fruit.


On Mar 15, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is by far the most commonly planted ornamental cherry around here. The pink flowers are huge, and this tree is the latest cherry to bloom. I enjoy the pink snowstorm that ends the display. And the leaves do give some color in the fall.

But I agree that this tree's habit isn't very graceful. And, like most cherries, its thirsty shallow roots make it hard to underplant with perennials in the garden. For 50 weeks a year it doesn't contribute much to the garden. And our 20-year-old tree is approaching the end of its life.

For the garden, I think 'Hally Jolivette' is a much better choice, for its more manageable size and its much longer season of bloom.


On Sep 8, 2010, DonnaMack from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very beautiful, but short lived. Many of the serrulata live for only 10-15 years, and Kwanzan is worse than most. Ours lived on 7 years after purchase, and we later learned from Michael Dirr that viruses lead to gradual decline, and then death. In our experience, if you put one in of any size (ours was about seven feet) you will get only a few years from it, and then it must be removed. NOT RECOMMENDED!


On Dec 1, 2006, blossombloom from Griffin, GA wrote:

Hello everyone. I'm starting to landscape my property in the spring and can't wait to add these beauties to my front yard. I plan to purchase a total of 10 to line my drive way.
I can see my children and myself out dancing while the petals fall.
I'm hoping that this is a good place to put them, I guess I'll just have to live and learn. I'll let you know the details later.


On Aug 1, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted a Kwanzan cherry in my front yard because I noticed a few (very few) of them flowering in the spring in my area. I had no idea what tree it was but kept on knocking on owners' doors until I found one who knew the tree's name.
I bought and planted it in flower. It survived its first year and bloomed better than before. It was a small tree and I didn't pay much for it, but so far, I truly love it. I look forward to watching it grow.


On May 3, 2006, xdogladyx from Bath, PA wrote:

Our tree was planted in 1972 and is the largest I have seen. It is quite beautiful each spring. By covering the pond and keeping the garage door closed, we can enjoy the pink "snow storm" as the petals fall. It is not bothered with Japanese beetles and is only trimmed when a branch hangs too low. Since it is in a garden, we don't worry about any exposed roots. Birds, especially finches, roost in it and hide from hawks. If you don't mind sweeping the pink petals or washing your car after the petals have fallen, this is a wonderful addition to your property.


On Jan 30, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

While this is a beautiful tree, it needs constant pruning to contain it and to maintain some semblance of shape. Experience has taught me not to plant them near a house.


On Jul 22, 2005, Kwanzon from Milford, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I bought a kwanzan this year. I have seen them before and I really like them. I too have the problem with japanese beetles but if you knock the beetles in soapy water they can't fly away and will die. It is working for me extremly well and I can't wait till it blooms in the spring.


On Jul 4, 2005, possumtrot from Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I recently planted a 4 year old, this spring and it has been my favorite thus far! The flowers are beautiful and smell wonderful. The only problem I have is with the Jap. beetles, they love it too! Fast Growing! Trained properly it spreds out nicely.


On Apr 25, 2005, designart from Schwenksville, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Many people like this tree because of its large pink flowers in spring. However, I find the tree lacks grace. It appears top heavy, especially in bloom, has a stout trunk and the tree frequently tilts after planting.

Okay...after taking 20 some photos of blooming trees this morning, I have to admit that they can be attractive in the right setting. Found a nice shot of a 'tilting' Kwanzan too!