The Yoshino Cherry tree, is an ornamental hybrid cherry tree from Tokyo that is very recognizable in the Washington D.C. area Tidal Basin. The tree develops gorgeous white flowers with tinges of pink in the spring, followed by small black cherries that are unfortunately inedible for humans because they are so bitter. Birds on the other hand love them.
We offer the 'Yoshino' in a 15 gallon container.
Select a location in full sunlight to plant your Yoshino Cherry tree. It makes a striking landscaping feature to line lawns, decks and patios. Just be sure that your location is large enough to accommodate these fast-growing trees that can reach 40 - 50 feet in height with a 25 - 40 foot spread. Fruits are globose, 1/2" diameter, shining black drupes and a delicacy for the birds in your area (inedible for humans).
Till an area that is 4 to 5 feet in diameter for each tree. The Yoshino Cherry needs to be planted in large, wide beds for strong root growth. Make sure the soil pH is around 6.5 to 7.0. If your soil is more acidic, till in 10 pounds of dolomitic lime to help adjust the pH. Be sure that your soil is well-drained.
Dig a hole for each tree that is as deep as its pot. Loosen with a pitchfork as you dig. Firm the soil around the roots. Spread a 2 to 3 inch layer of organic mulch around the tree. Moisten the soil throughly to a depth of 12 inches so that the loweer roots reveive adequate water. Water regularly thereafter for the first year, whenever the soil is dry 2 inches deep.
Prune your trees in late winter. Cut back developing branches so that you have approximately 2 feet between levels of branches to maintain the 'scaffold' shape. Prune any branches or stems that develop from the trunk that are below 2 to 3 feet from the soil surface.