How To Grow a Cherry Blossom Tree?

Sakura trees, often known as cherry trees, are inconsistent and need a specific temperature to grow. Their beauty, on the other hand, cannot be denied. Although the precise date of the brief flowering season is difficult to nail down, the grove of trees in Washington's tidal basin has developed into a flourishing orchard that draws thousands of people each spring. 

You may have a gorgeous column of cherry blossoms in your yard if you pick the appropriate kind of tree, the proper site to plant it, and the right specialist to care for it. The dark hue of the trees and their angular branches may give your lawn a striking grandeur. 

They also guarantee that you get your springtime display of lovely pink and white flowers if properly looked for. 

However, the warmer your temperature, the sooner your flowers will appear. As a result, in recent years, D.C.'s peak blooming period has been earlier than usual. Here are some ideas for developing your cherry blossom tree if you're up for the task (and maybe an early flowering season).

How to Grow

Plant your cherry blossom tree in fertile, acidic soil rather than alkaline soil. Trees should be spaced 10-20 feet apart from one other, as well as other buildings and plants. Before planting, dig a hole about two feet in diameter and one foot deep, then fill it with compost. Ensure no roots encircle the root ball as you unwrap it; if there are, clip them back, so they don't strangle your plant. 

Fill up the hole with compost-added soil, bringing the root ball's top to grade. For the first year or two, stake your tree and make sure it receives enough water. It's not tough to get the most out of your cherry blossom trees. 

Many cherry types are native to the United States, and they thrive in all except the driest parts of the south. Regular watering, continuous sun, and periodic fertilization with a slow-release fertilizer designed for decorative fruit trees are the keys to success with your ornamental cherry. Following a year or two after planting, the trees become considerably less demanding and need modest regular maintenance.

Things To Consider

Don't worry about azaleas and other acid-loving plants if you don't have the acid soil that so many gardeners want. Instead, use various cherry trees to bring your landscape to life from late winter to late April. There are a plethora of options! You won't have to do anything with your Cherry Blossom tree after it's been planted and established. Allow it to develop organically rather than trimming it; this will result in less labor, a lower danger of illness, and greater beauty. 

The Higan cherry, Prunus x subhirtella, is another noteworthy Cherry Blossom tree. This combination of two wild Japanese species has a form that does not need winter cold to blossom, as do other blooming trees; thus, blooms will bloom even in the autumn, during a warm period, and throughout the winter. This tree, known as ‘Autumnalis,' thrives in warmer climates where winters are mild enough for it to blossom. 

Overnight, stems clipped and brought inside the home will blossom. The tree also comes in a pink-flowered weeping variant and a white-flowered weepy version known as the Yoshino Weeping Cherry Tree. 

It, too, arrived in America as part of a tree gift from Japan last century. These Weeping Cherry Blossom trees are the pinnacle of elegance and beauty, and they'd look great in a Japanese garden, near a pond, or as a focal point on a lawn. Although the blossom time is just a few weeks long, you will look forward to it all winter if you grow this mag


Cherry blossom trees, also known as decorative cherries or blooming cherry trees, are available in various shapes and sizes. All of them need a lot of light, either direct or indirect (at least four hours each day), as well as a site that drains well and isn't exposed to strong winds.