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Yoshino Cherry
Yoshino Cherry

Yoshino Cherry

Prunus x yedoensis
Yoshino Cherry
Magnoliophyta
Rosaceae
Prunus

The Yoshino Cherry is the most common ornamental flowering cherry in Central Park. It is a true harbinger of spring, with the flowers appearing in mid to late April - before there is any other tree in leaf or flower - giving the appearance of puffy clouds in the landscape. Some of the older specimens of Yoshino Cherries along the east side of the Reservoir may be the original trees presented as a gift to the United States by Japan in 1912.

Small-sized, up to 30 feet.

• East side of Reservoir
• Lilac Walk (northeast Sheep Meadow)
• Conservatory Water
• Ramble, mid-Park between 73rd and 79th Streets
• Cherry Hill, mid-Park at 72nd Street
• Delacorte Theater, mid-Park at 80th Street
• Southeast edge of Great Lawn

Yoshino Cherry BarkYoshino Cherry Bark
Smooth, reddish-gray, with large horizontal lenticels.
Yoshino Cherry FlowerYoshino Cherry Flower
Small, 1/2 to 5/8-inch diameter, numerous and spectacularly showy, light pink in bud opening to clouds of white, appearing before tree leafs out.
Yoshino Cherry FruitYoshino Cherry Fruit
Round, 1/2 inch in diameter, turning black when ripe in June - July.
Yoshino Cherry LeafYoshino Cherry Leaf
Elliptical, 2 to 4 inches long, dark green, finely serrated. Good orange fall color.
Salisbury University Arboretum, www.salisbury.edu/arboretum/welcome.html
Matthew Brown, Central Park Conservancy
Neil Calvanese, Central Park Conservancy

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