prunus × yedoensis

Yoshino Cherry

A symbol of peace between the United States and Japan, the Yoshino Cherry is the hallmark of spring.


  • Style: Flowering
  • Tolerates: Heat/Humidty
  • Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Bloom Season: March–April
  • Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Maintenance: High
  • Spread (Min): 40
  • Height (Min): 30
  • Height (Max): 40


Look no further than the Yoshino Cherry tree for the best of the flowering spring trees. The large pink or white, semi-double blossoms cover the trees thin branches and mimic the look of a light and brilliant cloud. It is almost impossible to beat the spring sight of an avenue lined with Yoshino Cherry trees.

  • Fast growing
  • Brilliant mid-spring display of large pink flowers
  • Glossy green leaves in the summertime
  • Golden orange fall leaves
  • Disease resistant

Appearance: The Yoshino Cherry makes a great impact in the spring and fall. Its white or pale pink flowers adorn the branches giving off a cloud-like appearance. In the fall, the leaves of the Yoshino Cherry tree are yellow and bronze before falling. The trunk and branches are a glossy, deep reddish-brown color that is attractive during the winter months.

Planting Location: Allow ample space from surrounding trees and buildings in order to not disrupt the natural broad, rounded form of the Yoshino Cherry tree.

Hardiness: Make sure to water thoroughly when the tree is young.

Uses on Property: Lawn specimen or to line a driveway or sidewalk

Pruning: Requires very little pruning, remove only the shoots that come from low on the main trunk.

The Yoshino Cherry tree is a reliable tree. It thrives in full sunlight and will grow well in almost any kind of soil as long as it is not consistently wet.

The Yoshino Cherry Tree can be grown almost all throughout the United States, avoiding just the coldest and hottest regions.

  • Plant Hardiness Zones: 5 – 8
  • Mature Width: 10 – 20
  • Mature Height: 20 – 30
  • Soil Conditions: Adaptable
  • Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Drought Tolerance: Good

After Americans had seen the tremendous beauty of the Yoshino Cherry tree during their travels to Japan in the late 19th century, Japan gifted America with thousands of Yoshino Cherry trees. Eventually, the Yoshino Cherry tree would stand as a symbol of international peace between the United States and Japan.