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Ahh the “crème de la crème” of flowering cherries! This gorgeous tree has everything going for it, one of the hardiest of ornamental cherry trees and one of the largest and most beautiful. In spring, watch in amazement as an abundance of deep pink blossoms covers the tree, and by summer, your landscape will be singing in songs as beloved birds enjoy the little black fruits that grow. A polished trunk in rich chestnut brown and the springtime leaves putting on a dazzling crimson fall show! It will capture your attention through every season. Sargent Flowering Cherry is something magnificent; your neighbors will be asking, “what is this marvelous tree?”
- Hardiness Zone: 4-7
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Sargent Cherry is named after Charles Sprague Sargent, an American plant admirer, and collector who found the species in the mountains of Japan in 1892. His fascination with the gorgeous blooms took his breath away, and to this day, it still has that same effect on people. It’s no wonder why he was so enamored, and you will be too!
Sargent Cherry can be considered a “four-season tree,” bringing interest to your landscape throughout each season. In the summer, enjoy the purplish bronze foliage unfurl to a glossy green. Be prepared for an incredible fall show in a vivid display of reds, oranges, and bronze colors painting your landscape. The cinnamon-colored bark shines through in the winter with an almost metallic reddish hue. This isn’t just an ordinary flowering cherry tree; Sargent Cherry is ready to impress!
How to Grow
These Flowering Cherries grow well in full sun and require soil that is moist but not too wet. If the soil is too wet, their leaves will start to turn yellow and fall off. A yearly dose (for the first 3 or 4 years) of tree fertilizer will be beneficial for the tree to grow healthy and strong for the following spring flower show. Pruning branches after the tree is done blooming is preferred. This will give the tree plenty of time to heal and form new buds for the following spring. Cherry trees do get the occasional parade of Japanese Beetles. Those shiny little beetles will eat almost the entire leaf, leaving only the veins of the leaf behind – this is called skeletonizing. There are a few different brands of insecticides that you can use to get rid of Japanese Beetles, but if you have a relatively small beetle problem and some spare time, you can remove them by hand as well.
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