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Sargent Cherry

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Sargent Cherry (Prunus sargentii) – Probably the hardiest flowering cherry tree, with a stunning display of pink flowers in early spring before the leaves; broad rounded habit, grows quite large; ornamental glossy reddish-brown bark and good fall color, a great accent tree; needs full sun.

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
40 feet
Average Landscape Width:
40 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Prunus
Species:
sargentii
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Period:
in early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
brick red
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Branching:
decurrent
Flower Bud Color:
rose
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Sargent Cherry is draped in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers along the branches in early spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. It has forest green deciduous foliage which emerges red in spring. The oval leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. The fruits are showy black drupes displayed in mid summer. The smooth dark red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Sargent Cherry is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Sargent Cherry will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

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