Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

Scientific Name: Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'

Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

Attributes

April - May

Attributes

Deciduous
Flowering

Plant Family

Rosaceae

Origin

Asia

Form

Upright, vase shaped to rounded, spreading branches

Plant Size

15-25 feet tall

Description

In early spring, the Kwanzan flowering cherry is a must-see for its prolific, deep pink flowers. These trees were part of a 1912 gift to the people of the United States made by the Mayor of Tokyo. The famous cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. also came from this gift on behalf of the people of Japan. While you can spot Kwanzan cherries in full bloom in many places around Central Park, the most spectacular display can be found on the west side of the Reservoir, near 90th Street on the Upper West Side.

Kwanzan Flowering Cherry Leaves

2-5 inches long, alternate arrangement, simple, bronze to reddish in fall
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry Fruit

Fruit

Sterile, typically no fruit
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry Flowers

Flower

Deep pink double-petal flowers, bloom early spring
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry Bark

Bark

Thin, smooth, reddish to bronze, glossy with prominent horizontal pores for gas exchange