Autumn Flowering Cherry Tree
Autumn Flowering Cherry Leaf
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Autumn Flowering Cherry Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 25-30'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Autumn Flowering Cherry

Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
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The Autumn Flowering Cherry brings a Cherry Blossom Festival to your home each spring with billowy clouds of blush-pink cherry blossoms that are a pollinator’s paradise. This fast-growing tree is a type of Higan Cherry—like the popular pink Weeping Flowering Cherry, but in a rounded/upright form. Your Autumn Cherry tree will delight you with a modest encore of softpink blooms in fall, giving our valuable honeybees a bit more sustenance before they retire for the winter. Plant this premium ornamental tree where you’re sure to see the spring and fall blossoms, as well as the peachy-gold fall foliage and the songbirds that will come to your yard to devour the small black “cherries.”

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 25-30'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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The Story

Thanks to a very generous gift from the People of Japan in 1912, approximately 3,750 Cherry trees are planted along the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. In a ceremony on March 27, 1912 the first lady Helen Taft and the wife of the Japanese ambassador Viscountess Chinda, planted the first two trees together on the northern bank in West Potomac Park. These two original trees are still standing today marked by a large plaque. Each spring our nation’s capital celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This has become a cherished tradition for many, drawing 1.5 million people to the city each year. In 2012, The United States sent 3000 flowering dogwood trees to Japan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japan’s Cherry trees. The trees are a living reminder of the good will and friendship between the two countries.

The Details

Like Yogi Berra said, "It's deja-vu all over again!" Deep pink buds open to semi-double, light pink flowers covering the delicate branches in early spring. In summer this magical tree is enveloped in deep green foliage. Then, those soft pink flowers return for an encore in the fall. Who could ask for more? You could. And with this tree, you'll get it.

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.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 25'
Avg Mature Width 25'
Spacing 25-30'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Orange/Bronze-Red
Flower Color Light Pink
Flower Time Spring, Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size B Trees:

7-8' tall grown and delivered in a container. Although one strong person can pick this tree up two would make it easier. A truck or trailer will be needed to take this tree home to your landscape.

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Autumn Flowering Cherry Tree
Autumn Flowering Cherry Leaf
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