Japanese Cherry

All About the Japanese Cherry:

Scientific Nomenclature: Prunus serrulata

Common Name: Japanese cherry

Mature Height: 15–20 feet

Mature Spread: 15–20 feet

Growth Rate: Moderate

Attracts Wildlife: Birds, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and pollinators

Messiness: Leaves drop in autumn. Flowers in mid-spring and blooms drop shortly after. Rarely fruits, if ever.

Shape: Vase-shaped

Native to Kentucky: No

Preferred Soils: Prefers well-drained loam or clay.

Screening: Not useful as a screening or privacy tree but is often used as a border tree.

Drought Tolerance: Is not tolerant of drought or drier soils.

Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous

Pruning: Pruning isn't necessary other than occasionally removing deadwood to help keep the tree healthy.

Climate Quick Facts:

Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one Japanese cherry will:

  • Sequester ~1,261 pounds of CO2.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by 326 gallons.