The extraordinary beauty of the Japanese cherry tree

Prunus serrulata

El japanese cherry, whose scientific name is Prunus serrulata, It is one of those trees that, when you see them once in images, going to a garden or a nursery, it remains in your memory. It is spectacular, especially when it is in flower. But the beauty increases when they tell you that it supports frost and that it can grow even in alkaline soils.

And it also does not need pruning: just plant it in a place where it can grow well, and regular waterings. So what are you waiting for to beautify your garden with this magnificent tree? Here is a guide to their care.

Japanese cherry blossoms

I love this tree. In fact, I dream of going to Japan in the spring just to see them in bloom. Surely you would like to see them too, right? But of course, if we compare the price of a plane ticket to Japan with that of a Japanese cherry tree, well ... sometimes it pays more to buy the plant and leave the trip for later. Thus, one day you decide to go to a nursery to buy your specimen, or you decide to buy it from an online store, and when you have it at home after carefully observing it, you think that it is time to plant it. But, where?

Well, this is a tree that doesn't really take up much: it reaches a maximum height of 5m, with a crown up to 4m in diameter. The root system is non-invasive, so it can be placed near buildings and soils without problem. What's more, it resists frosts down to -15ºC, so we don't have to worry about low temperatures.

Japanese cherry

In order for it to grow healthy and strong it is necessary that we put it in an area where it gets direct sunlight, and that we water it between 2 and 3 times a week a week, and every 5-7 days the rest of the year. It is also highly recommended pay it in spring and summer with organic fertilizers, such as liquid guano. In this way, it will produce a greater number of flowers.

Do you dare to have a Japanese cherry tree?


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  1.   Maria rivera said

    Hello Moni, good morning, beautiful your article, Could you help me with more explanation about the germination of the seeds of this beautiful tree, since I have a couple of them, but I think it needs to be stratified, so it would have to be done in winter to be able to plant in spring …… .or can you tell me a little more about it.
    I appreciate your comments and have a good day
    Regards,

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Maria.
      The seeds of the Japanese cherry tree must be stratified in the refrigerator, at about 6ºC, in a tupperware with damp vermiculite and fungicide. But if in your area the winter is cold, with frosts, you can sow them directly in pots in autumn and let nature do the rest.
      If you have more questions, ask 🙂
      A greeting.

  2.   Pablo said

    Hello Monica, if you allow me, I would like to ask you a little clarification about irrigation, here in Argentina we are about to enter spring, the regularity of irrigation would have to be once a week and increase that frequency to 2 times in spring / summer? clarify that I have the tree planted in semi shade. Thank you very much!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi, Pablo.
      It depends on the rainfall haya. If it is rather dry, I would recommend you water it twice a week as soon as you see that the temperatures begin to rise, and increase to 3 if it is very hot and it does not rain a lot.
      A greeting.

  3.   Moreno peace said

    I would like one that is little grown, maximum height 60/100 cmt, for a terrace planter.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Paz.

      We recommend you contact a nursery in your area, or one online. We are not dedicated to the direct sale of products.

      Greetings.