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Yoshino Cherry

Yoshino Cherry Tree
Central Park's Yoshino cherries, a gift of friendship from the government of Japan in 1912, can be found on Cherry Hill and are also concentrated on the east side of the Reservoir. Japan also sent a number of these beautiful trees, known as sakura, to be planted around Washington, D.C.'s Tidal Basin. When in full bloom, the abundance of the Yoshino cherry's simple, white blossoms can be intensely beautiful.

Common Name: Yoshino Cherry

Scientific Name: Prunus x yedoensis

Origin: Japan

Family: Rosaceae

Size: 35 - 45' tall, equal spread

Form: Upright, vase-shaped crown

Culture: Thrives in full sun; prefers well-drained, acidic, moist soil


2 - 4" long; alternate arrangement; doubly sharp, saw-like edges; oval shaped with narrow base


White to pink flowers, bloom late April, slightly fragrant


0.5 - 1" diameter, round, black


Reddish-brown, prominent horizontal pores for gas exchange