Types of Ornamental Cherry Trees

Bring on the cherry blossoms! Find the perfect ornamental cherry tree for your outdoor space.

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Yoshino Cherry Blooms

The popular Japanese cherry produces almond-scented petals followed by bright green leaves. The pure white cherry blossoms, with hints of pink close to the stem, have a dramatic appearance.

Paperbark Cherry Tree

The paperbark cherry (also called Tibetan cherry) is known for its stunning mahogany-red bark. As the tree ages its bark peels, adding color and texture. 

'Kwanzan' Flowering Cherry

Pink double flowers blanket this tree in spring. It’s a guaranteed traffic stopper. The tree has a strong vase shape and performs well as a front yard specimen tree. This beauty grows 15 to 25 feet tall and wide. It has a shorter lifespan, living at most 25 years.

'Autumnalis' Higan Cherry

'Autumnalis' higan cherry is a small deciduous tree of spreading habit, with ovate leaves turning yellow in autumn and pale pink, semi-double flowers opening in early spring with a second flush of flowers in the fall. It a great fit for a patio, deck or small yards.

Sweet Cherry Tree

Sweet cherry trees flower in early spring as other trees are leafing out. In the wild, small dark bitter fruit is produced, but under cultivation sweet edible fruit is produced.

Bird Cherry Tree

The bird cherry tree (Prunus padus) has almond-scented flowers that attract bees and other pollinators. Birds love to feast on the fruits.

Sargent's Cherry Tree

Sargent's cherry trees (Prunus sargentii) are ideal for small gardens. Despite being compact, it makes an ideal shade tree, spreading as wide as it is tall and casting dense shade below.

'Tai Haku' Cherry Tree

This ancient Japanese cherry tree boasts clusters of long stalked, single white flowers that bloom in mid spring. The leaves open deep purple bronze, becoming green in summer. It has the largest blooms of any ornamental cherry tree.

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