Flowering Cherry and Dogwood in California - Knowledgebase Question

Bakersfield, CA
Question by jenafur446
October 24, 1999
I would like to know what the actual name for the pink flowered trees in Oriental pictures! Everyone I have talked to said they are cherry blossoms but I can't find this kind of cherry anywhere. I am also curious about planting this tree in Bakersfield. Also, can I plant dogwood (cornus) in Bakersfield?

Answer from NGA
October 24, 1999


The trees are probably Prunus - either flowering cherry or flowering plum. There are so many cultivars that it's impossible to tell exactly which trees you'd like identified. Both produce springtime bloom in great abundance. Prunus yedoensis (Yoshino Flowering cherry) will grow nicely in your gardening region, as will Prunus mume (Japanese Flowering Plum). A local nursery can get these for you if they don't already carry them in stock.

Several of the dogwoods will perform well in your garden. Cornus kousa, Cornus alba, and Cornus rutgersensis are all lovely trees and reasonably disease-free as well.

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