Yoshino Cherry

Scientific Name: Prunus x yedoensis

Yoshino Cherry

Attributes

March - April

Attributes

Deciduous
Flowering
Fragrant

Plant Family

Rosaceae

Origin

Japan

Form

Upright, vase-shaped crown

Plant Size

35-45 feet tall, equal spread

Description

Central Park's Yoshino cherries, a gift of friendship from the government of Japan in 1912, can be found on Cherry Hill and are also concentrated on the east side of the Reservoir. Japan also sent a number of these beautiful trees, known as sakura, to be planted around Washington, D.C.'s Tidal Basin. When in full bloom, the abundance of the Yoshino cherry's simple, white blossoms can be intensely beautiful.

Yoshino Cherry Leaves

Leaves

2-4 inches long; alternate arrangement; doubly sharp, saw-like edges; oval shaped with narrow base
Yoshino Cherry Fruit

Fruit

0.5-1 inch diameter, round, black
Yoshino Cherry Flowers

Flower

White to pink flowers, bloom late April, slightly fragrant
Yoshino Cherry Bark

Bark

Reddish-brown, prominent horizontal pores for gas exchange