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How To Grow And Care For Cherry Blossom Trees

Cherry Blossom Trees

Topic: How To Grow And Care For Cherry Blossom Trees

One of the earliest harbingers of spring is the cherry blossom tree, which bursts into pink and white clouds of cotton candy blossoms in March and April. They’re celebrated at cherry blossom festivals around the world where people flock to the grasses beneath their branches to marvel at the frothing blooms. There are over 100 varieties of beautiful and stately cherry blossom trees, several of which grow well in the South. This medium-sized tree grows 15 to 30 feet tall and debuts showy white or pink single, semi-double, or double flowers. In late summer, pea-size fruits make an appearance. Early fall is the best planting time for bare-root flowering cherry trees, while container-grown specimens can be put in the earth during fall or after the last spring frost. The tree grows moderately, between 2 and 4 feet a year. One warning to keep in mind for pet owners: Seeds, leaves, and stems of cherry blossom trees are toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Ornamental cherry trees are bred more for the lovely blossoms than for the edible fruit. These trees still produce fruit in the summer months, but it’s usually so sour that only animals eat it. Most cherry trees that produce edible fruits are too difficult to grow in the South. That’s because they need cool temperatures to thrive, and the Southern climes don’t reach or stay at the temperatures they require to blossom. Contrary to popular belief, most cherry blossoms do have a light fragrance. Cherry blossoms bloom in several shades. Many are light pink, while others have darker pink flowers or white flowers, depending on several factors. Some have yellow-green or white-green blooms that turn pink as they age. The trees grow and establish themselves relatively quickly, but they don’t last very long. Their life spans are usually 15 to 25 years long, though in optimal conditions, they have been known to reach 30 to 40 years of age. On the other hand, some (like black cherry trees) can live much longer. Black cherries have been known to reach 250 years old under the right conditions. Although the blossoms look so delicate, you can actually grow them for yourself, assuming that you place your cherry blossom trees in a location with full sun and well-drained soil. Well-draining soil is key, as cherry blossoms don’t like to sit in water and let their roots get soggy. Some gardeners find that sandy or clay-enriched soils can work for cherry blossoms and aid in drainage. However, many gardeners believe that loamy soil is best for growing cherry blossoms because it is rich and well-draining.

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