Cherry Blossom Trees
At Roots, we just love Cherry Blossom. We work with a specialist tree grower in the New Forest to bring you the best quality, most exciting varieties. Flowering cherries are incredibly popular garden trees. They are a good size, hardy, drought tolerant and have the most spectacular spring blossom, ornate bark and fiery autumn foliage. Whether you prefer pink or white blossom, a weeping or upright tree, there’s a cherry blossom for every garden - some can even be grown in pots! For winter planting, choose bare root cherry blossom trees - as well as being great value, they're quick to establish and easy to care for. Click below to read our guide to choosing and caring for your perfect Cherry Blossom tree.
Choose your Cherry Blossom Tree
If you have the space, it has to be a large Kanzan (pink) or Tai-Haku (White) - they’re simply spectacular. For small to medium gardens we would recommend Accolade (pink) or The Bride (White) and for pots or smaller spaces the Dwarf weeping variety Ivensii. Most trees blossom in March/April, but Blushing Bride extends that into May and Autumnalis Rosea flowers from November-March. Some Cherry Blossom Trees have a weeping habit, such as the Yoshino and Kiku-Shidare, or for something different, check out the purple foliage of Black Cherry Plum or the peeling bark of the Tibetan Cherry.
Where to grow your Cherry Blossom Trees
Cherry Blossom trees can tolerate most conditions; however they will do best in an open sunny site. This should not be too exposed, to avoid strong winds blowing away the blossom. They are fine in most well drained ground, preferring chalky or slightly alkaline soils with compost or manure dug in.
Cherry Blossom Tree Care Tips
Cherry Blossom trees are easy to care for. All they need is watering in prolonged dry weather and a feed each Spring with general purpose fertiliser. Cherry Blossom trees will benefit from supporting with a stake, but no pruning is necessary. The cherries from these ornamental trees are not edible for humans, however the birds love them! For more about how to choose, plant and care for your Cherry Blossom tree, read our Full Care Guide.
The History of Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees
In its native Japan, the blossom of the Cherry Tree (or Sakura) plays an important part in the country’s culture and tradition. As the blossoms last for only a few weeks, they are seen as a symbol of the fleeting but joyful nature of life, and are celebrated with Hanami. This is a tradition dating back to the third century, in which people gather beneath the Sakura trees with friends and family to eat, drink and observe the beauty of the blossom. Originally the blossom season signalled the start of the rice planting season, and so people made offerings to the gods of the Shinto faith, who were believed to live in the trees. During the Second World War, Sakura came to symbolise the brief but glorious lives of young soldiers, who painted cherry blossoms on their aircraft as a good luck charm. Since the end of the war, Japan has gifted thousands of Cherry Blossom trees to other nations as a symbol of lasting peace.
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