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Yoshino Cherry
Prunus yedoensis

Native to Japan, this species was introduced into North America as a gift of the Emperor in the early 1900’s because of its beautiful pink floral display. This small deciduous tree grows 5-12 m tall, producing clusters of fragrant pale pink flowers prior to leaf emergence. The Yoshino Cherry is responsible for the massive display of pink blooms that highlight the National Cherry Blossom Festival every spring in Washington, D.C.

Habitat:Planted as an ornamental, growing best in full sun.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing 6-15 m tall.
Bloom Time:Early spring.
Presence in US:DC
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