Cherry Blossom Trees
Cherry blossom trees are a very special category of trees and true harbingers of spring. Every year major publications write articles and publish pictures about the spectacular show these trees exhibit in Washington D.C. NatureHills.com can help you turn a yard or landscape into your own spring flowering extravaganza.
Japanese Flowering Cherries, such as the Yoshino, Kwanzan, and Okame, grace thousands of lawns and landscapes. They all bloom in early spring. The Autumn Blooming Cherry is one notable exception because it will bloom twice yearly, usually spring and fall. Another unique flowering cherry is the Weeping Cherry. The Weeping Cherry spills its branches toward the ground and displays one of the most special spring flowering shows in nature.
Weeping cherry trees look beautiful in full bloom. Some will produce so many flowers, that the entire tree will appear as one giant bloom. Weeping cherry trees look excellent as an accent in the center of a lawn. They are relatively easy to grow and maintain, and will provide years of beauty and grace. One of the most beautiful cherry blossom trees is the ‘snow fountains’ weeping cherry. This weeping cherry blossom tree is suitable for landscape use in zones five through eight. They will grow to a height of eight to fifteen feet and have a mature spread of six to eight feet. The weeping branches of this cherry blossom tree will often reach the ground, and have lovely light pink blooms. Another beautiful cherry blossom tree is the purple leaf sand cherry tree. This cherry blossom tree is slightly hardier, and will grow in zones three through eight.
The growth rate is moderate, and size will range from seven to fourteen feet tall with a mature spread of seven to ten feet. The foliage of this cherry blossom tree will be reddish purple for the duration of the entire summer, and the flowers are very fragrant. The most popular ornamental tree is the sakura in Japan. This gorgeous tree has been celebrated in Japan for many centuries and has a prominent place in Japanese culture. Japans official national flower, this cherry blossom tree signifies the beginning of spring with its many, many blooms. There is even a song about the sakura tree.
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