Celebrated for their dazzling spring flowers, many ornamental cherries have a range of other eye-catching features, including decorative bark, autumn leaf color, beautiful structure, and glistening fruits that provide food for birds and other wildlife. They are also available in a range of sizes to suit gardens large and small, making them an option for a variety of outdoor spaces.
Choose from a huge range of flowering cherries for a spectacular display
of delicate blooms in your garden each spring. Some types also have
coppery-red young foliage, and many display excellent fall color, so
when making your selection, look for a cherry that offers more than one
season of interest. There is a wide variety of species and types
available; be sure to ask suppliers for a compact or dwarf type if you
need a tree for a small garden.
Whatever type of garden you have, an ornamental cherry is guaranteed to
boost its spring appeal. Choose from single or double flowers in shades
of white or pink. Check the final height and spread of your chosen tree
before buying to make sure that it will fit the space you have. Some
have a weeping look, such as Prunus ‘Cheal’s Weeping’, which has arching
branches laden with double pink flowers, while others, including Prunus
‘Spire’, are more upright, providing a vertical accent.
There are many compact forms that are suitable for small gardens, such
as the pink-flowered Prunus ‘Accolade’, ‘Kanzan’, and ‘Pandora’, or the
dainty Prunus ‘Shimidsu-zakura’ with white blooms.
Ideal as focal points in the center of a yard or paved patio garden,
cherries also make eye-catching features in mixed borders.
Alternatively, plant a cluster of trees to mirror Japanese gardens
during the cherry blossom festivals. Try underplanting with spring bulbs
that flower at the same time, such as grape hyacinths and snake’s head
fritillaries, and include some late flowers like Japanese anemones to
complement the fall leaf color.
Plant your tree in a sunny site, although some tolerate part shade, and
free-draining soil. Many cherries have a beautiful natural style and
need little pruning, but if you do cut back your tree, do so in the
summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf disease.
Cherries to choose from include Prunus aviu, "the wild cherry" and Prunus serrula, "the Tibetan cherry."