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How to Plant a Kwanzan Cherry Tree

By Amy Hannaford ; Updated September 21, 2017

Also called a Japanese flowering cherry, the ornamental Kwanzan Cherry Tree is one of the most popular flowering cherry trees because of its large double pink or white blossoms that bloom from late spring through early summer. This fast growing tree reaches heights of 30 to 50 feet and is hardy in growing zones 5 through 8. Although this cherry tree does not produce edible fruit, it provides years of beauty to any yard.

Choose a sunny location for planting your cherry tree as full sun will help it bloom better. If you live in an area that has extremely hot summers, be sure your cherry tree has some partial shade during the afternoon.

Prepare your planting location in early spring as soon as the ground is workable. Till the soil and work in humus or peat moss to create well-draining soil; cherry trees do not like heavy, soggy soil.

Dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as the tree's root ball. Place the tree into the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the ground surface; gently spread out the roots in the hole. Fill in with soil just to cover the roots. Gently pat the soil down around the roots and water well to help reduce any air pockets. Continue filling in with soil and tamp down at the top of the root ball.

Water your tree well after planting and keep watered regularly during the first year of growth. This is important for root development and getting your cherry tree will established. After the first year, water deeply once a week.

Apply a 3-inch deep layer of mulch around your tree to keep the soil from drying out and help control weeds. Feed your tree with a high nitrogen fertilizer designed specifically for flowering trees. Spread fertilizer out under the tree, being careful to not let it touch the trunk. Use no more than one pound of nitrogen annually.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardening soil
  • Humus or peat moss
  • Mulch
  • Fertilizer

About the Author


Amy Hannaford teaches childbirth education classes and a healthy pregnancy series in Southern Oregon. Hannaford holds an Associate of Arts degree, a certificate in medical assisting, and has been a childbirth educator and birth doula for 20 years. She has been writing articles for Demand Media since 2008.