Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

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 made by the Mayor of Tokyo. The famous cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. also came from this gift on behalf of the people of Japan. 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.

  • 2-5 inches long, alternate arrangement, simple, bronze to reddish in fall
  • Fruit

    Sterile, typically no fruit
  • Flower

    Deep pink double-petal flowers, bloom early spring
  • Bark

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

Where to find the Kwanzan Flowering Cherry