Kwanzan Flowering Cherry
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Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’
Kwanzan Cherry is a cultivar of the Japanese Flowering Cherry (Oriental Cherry, Hill Cherry), Prunus serrulata, native to China, Japan, and Korea. While the exact origin of many of the Prunus serrulata cultivars is lost to antiquity, what we do know is that the cultivar was named after the Kanzan Mountain in Japan and was developed sometime during the Edo Period. It was first introduced to America in 1880s, and sometime following introduction, its name was mistranslated to ‘Kwanzan’ instead of ‘Kanzan’. Occasionally the tree can be found under its true botanical name, ‘Sekiyama’. The Kwanzan Cherry was made famous by the spectacular Spring displays in Washington, D.C. and is probably the hardiest of all the double flower type cherries. With deep pink, double (30 petals that are 2 and 1/2 inch diameter) flowers, the tree is utilized from Boston to Atlanta for every conceivable landscaping purpose. As a cultivar of the Japanese Flowering Cherry, it typically blooms from mid April to May and has a surprisingly short lifespan of 25-30 years. Planting instruction can be found at boydnursery.net/planting/.
|Diseases & Insects|| |
Aphids, borers, spider mites, scales and tent caterpillars can become a problem; tree is prone to leaf spot and bacterial cankers; if planted in poorly drained areas tree is susceptible to root rot; sensitive to pollution
Deep pink double flowers that are 2 and 1/2 inch in diameter; appear with leaves between April and early May
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zone 5a – 9b *need help finding your hardiness zone?
Leaves are alternate with an ovate to lanceolate shape and serrated margins; 5 inches in length; emerge reddish-copper, turning dark green by summer and yellow, orange or bronze in the fall
25-30 feet tall at maturity with an equal spread
What am I buying?
We sell Kwanzan Cherries as rooted cuttings. Taken from Wikipedia, “a plant cutting is a piece of a plant that is used in horticulture for vegetative (asexual) propagation. A piece of the stem or root of the source plant is placed in a suitable medium such as moist soil. If the conditions are suitable, the plant piece will begin to grow as a new plant independent of the parent, a process known as striking.” Put more simply, a rooted cutting is a small clone of the specimen from which it was taken. As a genetically identical clone, the cutting shares all the characteristic traits and attributes of the cultivated variety. Our rooted cuttings are 3-6 months old and 4-8 inches in stem length above the soil line. They are clipped from our private stock plants and grown in root pruning trays at our temperature controlled greenhouse.
When are plants collected?
Once your order is placed, your plants will be collected as soon as the weather permits. This time-frame is normally within 3-7 days. During heavy order periods (April-May), this collection time can grow to 10-14 days.
How are plants shipped?
All shipments are mailed via USPS Priority Mail using PirateShip.com. We monitor national weather conditions and temperatures for shipments. If at any time your order must be delayed for weather concerns, we will contact you by phone and/or email. The day that your order is completed or partially shipped, you will receive an email containing your package tracking number. You can also find this updated information by logging into your account on our website.