General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 15 to 35 feet
Plant Spread: 15 to 35 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Plants are sterile and do not produce fruit.
Pollinators: Various insects

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Common names
  • Japanese Flowering Cherry
Also sold as:
  • 'Kwanzan'
  • 'Sekiyama'

Photo Gallery
Location: In my mom's garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2018-04-17
Beautiful spring blooms!
Location: Thomasville, GA USA
Date: 2017-04-24
Clusters of Captivating Cherry
Location: Beautiful Tennessee, my garden
Date: 2019-04-01
Location: Willow Street, Pennsylvania
Date: 2023-04-19
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-14
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2012-03-27
Location: Thomasville, GA USA
Date: 2017-04-24
The Perfection of Pink!
Location: Lynchburg, VA
Date: 04/12/2018
Location: Redwood City, CA
Date: 2013-04-26
Filoli Historic House & Garden
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-11-16
One of 2 in Mom's front yard

Date: 2022-04-22
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-14
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-14
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2021

Date: 2018-04-26
Location: Hershey Gardens, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Date: 2022-04-24
Location: Lynchburg, VA
Date: 04/12/2018
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-04-28
two trees in bloom in school yard
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2024-05-05
Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Kanzan').
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: April 4, 2016

Date: 2022-04-22
Location: Botanical Garden of the Technical University Delft
Location: Lynchburg, VA
Date: 04/12/2018
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-14
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-11-07
leaves in fall colour
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-04-23
Fall color is just as beautiful as the spring blooms!
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-04-23
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-04-23
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-04-23
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Uploaded by Cem9165
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2012-03-27
Location: North Eastern Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-05-12
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-05-02
in bloom at the Reading Pagoda
Uploaded by robertduval14
Uploaded by Roses_R_Red
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-11-10
full-grown tree in fall colour
Location: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Date: 2008-04-23
bulging graft, looks wierd
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-04-23
Location: Washington DC
Date: April

By Myrabella (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2011-10-30
Branch Structure - With Autumn Leaves.
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2011-11-02
Juncture of main structural limbs.
Location: Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-04-24
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-03-07
Branch section with buds - late winter, early spring

Date: 2013-04-12
Location: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-07-22
maturing tree in summer
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2007-12-03
bark and trunk form
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-04-23
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-04-23
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2013-04-23
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: March 27, 2012
Location: North Eastern Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-05-12
Location: North Eastern Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-05-08
Tree has double blooms.  Does not fruit
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2011-10-30
The pinnacle of Autumn leaf colorization.
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-04-02
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-05-03
Location: Botanical Garden of the Technical University Delft
Date: 2019-04-15

Date: April
credit: Captain-tucker

Date: 2017-04-19
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-03-22
Bloom buds
Location: Farmer John's Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-04-29
Location: Farmer John's Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-04-29
Location: Farmer John's Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-04-29
Location: Farmer John's Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2010-04-29
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Comments:
  • Posted by blue23rose (southern Indiana - Zone 6b) on Apr 23, 2013 5:41 PM concerning plant:
    I know that the Japanese Cherry 'Kwanzan' is susceptible to pests and diseases, making the life span only 15-25 years, but I have had this tree since 2009 and absolutely love it. So far (knock on wood), the Japanese beetles in July-August have been the only problem. I'm afraid once the tree gets larger, I won't be able to control them anymore.
  • Posted by blue23rose (southern Indiana - Zone 6b) on Aug 20, 2012 12:37 PM concerning plant:
    Although I fight the Japanese beetles off this tree from the end of May until about the end of July, it is well worth the fight! The early spring blooms are beautiful.
  • Posted by Mykate88 (28803) on Apr 4, 2020 3:42 PM concerning plant:
    I have a glorious Kansan cherry about 14 years old. There is a 4 foot sapling growing up from a large root.
    The tree is currently on bloom in Zone 7
    Should I cut out the sapling and treat the wound with something?
    Help
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 10, 2019 10:31 AM concerning plant:
    This wide-spreading, double flowered Japanese cultivar is commonly planted in the Mid-Atlantic of the US, also common from Atlanta, Georgia to Boston, Massachusetts. (The other two common cultivars of Oriental Flowering Cherries in the region are the Yoshino and the Okame.) Having double mutated flowers, it does not bear any fruit that I have seen. It produces the flowers heavily, and after falling, they can make quite a mess on a driveway or some pavement when it rains, with many brown old blossoms caked upon the surface. The mother species is native to Japan, Korea, and China.
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