Kwanzan cherry (Prunus serrulata) can be grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5B through 9A, meaning it will grow in all but the most extreme polarities of the average climate. The Kwanzan cherry tree is an ornamental, specimen tree that flowers during spring in a profuse canopy of light pink blooms. Planting a Kwanzan cherry tree is a process most any gardener should be able to complete successfully.
Pick a spot in your landscape that receives a minimum of six to eight hours of sun in well-draining soil. The Kwanzan cherry prefers full sun and does not tolerate poor drainage according to University of Florida Cooperative Extension.
Plant your tree in a spot that will allow for the tree's canopy to grow to its possible 25 ft height and width at maturity. Overhead structures, power-lines and other trees may create obstructions or compete with the Kwanzan's full growth potential.
Dig your planting hole to the depth of the Kwanzan cherry's arrival container. The tree may be planted in clay soil as long as it is amended for good drainage. Deposit the dug out soil into a wheel barrow and add equal parts of organic matter such as humus, compost or planters mix top-soil. Once the soil is thoroughly incorporated with the amendments, it is ready to use.
Remove the tree from its container. Examine the root ball and carefully loosen
any compacted masses of root. Place a shovel-full of the amended dirt into the bottom of the hole and set the tree in place. Make sure the crown of the tree, where the trunk emerges from its original soil level, is even with the top edge of the planting hole.
Back-fill the hole with the amended dirt. Tamp down the soil firmly, mounding the dirt slightly so that water will not stand at the base of the tree.
Water the tree into its new planting hole thoroughly by soaking the ground around the tree. Examine the drainage process to make sure the spot drains well. Repeat the process once again. The tree is tolerable of slightly dry conditions but prefers a well-drained, moist soil, according to University of Florida Extension.