Monday, October 12, 2009

The Beautiful Pink Blooming Kwansan Cherry Tree

Kwanzan Cherry

The Kwanzan Cherry Tree belongs to the rosaceae family and is among the healthiest breeds of the Sato Zakura cherries. It is of the Japanese and Asian origin, and still happens to be a favorite in Japan today. While it is included among the four other species of trees on the Statue of Liberty Island, this Kwanzan cherry also lines the walkways along New York City’s Central Park Reservoir. Georgia includes it in their annual Cherry Blossom Festival, so it is amongst one of the many notorious attractions to date.

The abundant amount of impeccable double pink flowers and crown that proliferates as it matures ultimately exceeds in width in contrast to its height.

A short but well abided life of 15-25 years has its immense qualities that make it worth sowing, such as the bronze colored leaves it first sprouts out. It has simple alternating leaves that reach 4-8”. They later turn into a vibrant dark green previous to the time when the fall weather makes them turn once again into a magnificent collage of copper, yellow, and orange. Those are the characteristics as to why it is an ornamental tree and can be grown as a bonsai. In its mature state, the height can reach up to 30-40 feet and spout out 30-40 feet in width, while growing at an amazing rate of at least 13-24” per year.

The Kwanzan Cherry is grafted onto prunus avium (mazzard), or can also be easily grown from its delicate cuttings. When it becomes time to propagate, you do so from the trees own natural roots, making sure to sow in loose, moist, but well-drained soil. These kinds of trees require full sun, in clay, loam, or sandy soil. Take care as to where you make its home, because it has the tendency to have thin bark, which is easily damaged, such as high traffic areas. They will not droop and when pruned it will keep its strong structure throughout.

Susceptibility to pests and disease is rather high. The pests such as aphids can cause destruction of the trees new growth, and could possibly provide sooty mold due to its honeydew deposits. The cherries will sometimes get infestations of scales, and can also be attacked by borers. Spider mites cause yellowing and stippling of the leaves. Tent caterpillars really live up to their name while making their large webbed nests and feed of its foliage. Nothing happens that is not treatable or that cannot be pruned off.

At the TN Nursery we can provide these high demand trees to you at a low wholesale price. Come see the many trees, shrubs, and perennials we have to offer. We also have assortments of native grasses, shrubs, and trees. Come take a look today.

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