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How to Plant Flowering Cherry Trees

By Hollan Johnson ; Updated September 21, 2017

Planting a flowering cherry tree in your yard is a great way to add early spring interest and to get a burst of colorful flowers all at the same time. While flowering cherry trees do not bear fruit, they do produce some lovely flowers. Many flowering cherry trees are hardy to zones 4 or 5. If you want to plant a flowering cherry tree in your yard, it is not difficult. Just make sure you have room for the tree to spread out.

Choose a variety of flowering cherry tree that will grow well in your climate. If you live in a cold climate, the autumn cherry is hardy from zones 4 to 8. Other varieties are hardy from zones 5 to 9 in most cases.

Choose a spot for your flowering cherry tree. Flowering cherry trees need to be planted in full sun and have plenty of room to grow. While most flowering cherry trees aren't very tall, most growing to only about 20 to 30 feet, they tend to have large spreads of about 20 feet.

Prepare your soil for the flowering cherry tree. It needs well-drained, rich soil in which to thrive. If your soil is less than perfect, add sand to improve drainage. Add compost or manure to improve the richness of your soil. Work in the sand, compost or manure to a depth of about 3 to 4 feet.

Plant your flowering cherry tree. Plant the cherry tree in the spring once the last frost is over. Dig a hole about 3 to 4 feet deep and 3 feet wide. Place the flowering cherry tree inside of the hole and fill the hole halfway with soil. Fill the hole with water and allow the water to soak into the soil. Finish filling the hole with soil and pat down firmly.

Water your flowering cherry tree well. The ground needs to be kept moist. Water it once a week for about 10 minutes a watering while it is under a year old.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost or manure


  • Choose a color of flowering cherry that suits your yard best.


  • Avoid planting your flowering cherry tree in low-lying areas where frost settles.

About the Author


Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.