Prunus × yedoensis

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Prunus × yedoensis - Yoshino cherry, Potomac cherry, Tokyo cherry
Common name: Yoshino cherry, Potomac cherry, Tokyo cherry
Family: Rosaceae (Rose)
Synonym: Prunus yedoensis
Distribution: Japan
Habitat: Medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade
Hardiness: -20 - 20 F
Life form: Deciduous tree
Bloom characteristics: White to pink appear in clusters of 3-6 (racemes) appear before or at the same time as the leaves.
Structure: Spreading vase
Average height: 30-40'
Bark characteristics: Red-brown
Bloom Time: March to April
Fruit characteristics: Small, black drupes. .5" diameter.
Foliage characteristics: Simple, alternate, dark green leaves have double serrated margins and are elliptic to oval. 2-5" long.
Fall color: Yellow
Attracts: Birds, butterflies
Description: The Yoshino cherry is a hybridized Japanese flowering cherry tree which has white to slightly pink flowers. It blooms before its leaves emerge in the spring, and creates a serene display. In 1912, this was one of the cherry varieties gifted to Washington, DC by the people of Japan as a symbol of friendship. Each spring, flocks of people try to perfectly time their visit to DC to coincide with the cherry blossom bloom all around the capital. The Yoshino cherry makes up the majority of flowering cherry trees planted in the city.
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