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Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

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In early spring, the Kwanzan flowering cherry is a must-see for its prolific, deep pink flowers. These trees were part of a 1912 gift to the people of the United States from the people of Japan made by the Mayor of Tokyo. The famous cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. also came from this gift. While you can spot Kwanzan cherries in full bloom in many places around Central Park, the most spectacular display can be found on the west side of the Reservoir, near 90th Street on the Upper West Side.

Common Name: Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

Scientific Name: Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'

Origin: Asia

Family: Rosaceae

Size: 15 - 25' tall

Form: Upright, vase shaped to rounded, spreading branches

Culture: Thrives in full sun, soil adaptable, moderate drought tolerance, salt tolerance


2 - 5" long, alternate arrangement, simple, bronze to reddish in fall


Deep pink, bloom early spring


Sterile, typically no fruit


Thin, smooth, reddish to bronze, glossy with prominent horizontal pores for gas exchange