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Yoshino Cherry

Prunus x yedoensis

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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 tun... read more


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.


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 thir... read more


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.


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!