Flowering Cherry
Leaf Characteristics
  • broad, flat leaves
  • simple leaves
  • not lobed
  • fine, double teeth
  • all teeth same size
  • shorter stem
  • all side veins same length
  • leaves long, not narrow
  • veins curved
  • less than 5" long
  • stem less than 1/3 length of leaf
  • short tip, veins not dense
  • oval or narrow
  • downy
Flowering Cherry
Fruit Characteristics
  • usually none
  • when present, very small, dry and shriveled
Flowering Cherry
Prunus sp.

This group of trees is native to the northern temperate regions of the world. It includes the taller American Black Cherry, and many other species and horticultural varieties. The profusely flowering varieties from eastern Asia typically flower in the early spring before new leaves develop. Those from North America and Europe bloom a little later, producing flowers and leaves at about the same time. Landscapers primarily use these trees for their floral value. The Japanese Cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC are probably the best known example of this in the U.S.

Tree Size height 15' - 30' diameter up to 1' Bark