4 Flowering Cherry Trees and How to Plant Them

There's no more spectacular harbinger of spring than an ornamental cherry tree bursting into bloom.

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Aftercare

Water the tree thoroughly after planting, and apply a mulch, keeping it away from the trunk. Water for the first two years. Check the tie often and loosen it if need be. In a couple of years, you can remove the stake because the tree will be fully established.

Top Tip: Pruning

If you choose the right-sized cherry for your garden, the only pruning required will be to remove dead, diseased or damaged growth. If you need to shape your tree, do so after flowering in early summer, because there are fewer diseases then and you won't remove the flower buds.

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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