Yoshino Cherry

Arbor walk #4

Yoshino Flower

The Yoshino Cherry is a beautiful tree with slightly fragrant, pinkish white flowers that appear in early spring. There are numerous Yoshino Cherry Trees that line the stairs by the Olin Law School that form an allée.

Common Name Yoshino Cherry
Latin Name Prunus x yedoensis
Type Non-Native, Ornamental
Diameter 5.5″ dbh
Color of Leaf Dark green, yellow to bronze fall color
Shape of Leaf 2 1/2″ to 4 1/2″ long, ovate
Color of Flower Pinkish white flowers
Shape of Flower 1/2″ to 5/8″ wide flowers
Bark Characteristics Gray, exfoliating

The Yoshino Cherry Tree is an ornamental tree native to Japan. Its most distinct characteristic is the beautiful pinkish white flowers which appear in the spring. These flowers produce small black cherries which are bitter to humans but attractive to birds. This tree is an important part of the National and International Cherry Blossom Festivals and its planting in Washington D.C. is a symbol of friendship between Japan and the U.S.

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