cherry blossoms - Knowledgebase Question

Long Beach, ms
Question by ctbeaver06
July 1, 2007
is there a such thing as a cherry blossom tree? where would i find it and what type of care does it need?
also, when a care tip for a plant is full sun to shade does that mean literally sun in morning to shade in afternoon or does it matter as longs as it gets about equal amount of time of sun and shade? or vise versa - shade to full sun - does that mean shade in the morning to sun in afternoon?

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2007


What you're looking for is an ornamental cherry tree. There are several, but I like Kwanzan Cherry. It is the showiest of all Japanese trees. It's most awesome feature is its bundles of large double pink blossoms. The blossoms on this tree last longer than those of other flowering cherries.

This tree blooms in mid to late April. Unlike other ornamental cherry trees, the leaves of the Kwanzan cherry begin to grow while the tree is still in bloom. It is also the hardiest ornamental cherry tree and its bark is somewhat glossy.

Full sun to shade means the plant can grow in full sun or in a spot that receives only morning sun and afternoon shade, or afternoon sun and morning shade. It doesn't matter whether it gets all day sun or just half a day sun. It will still grow well for you. If a plant tag says full shade, plant it in full shade. If the tag says full shade to part shade, plant it where it will get all day shade or morning sun and afternoon shade. Afternoon sun can be too hot for shade lovers.

Hope this clarifies things for you!

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