How to plant a cherry blossom tree uk

The Best Cherry Blossom Trees For Your Garden

Cherry blossom is a true sign of spring. The pretty pink and white flowers burst into bloom for a few glorious weeks before falling from their boughs like confetti.

Ornamental cherry trees are grown for their flowers rather than their fruit. Most are cultivars of the Japanese cherry tree, Prunus cerasus (sakura tree) which has been celebrated in Japan for centuries.

The Japanese take cherry blossom very seriously – cherry blossom is the country's national flower and families and friends gather each spring for ‘hanami’, to view the cherry trees. This is now catching on in the UK, too, with people recording their first sighting of cherry blossom on social media.

Many varieties of cherry are perfect trees for small gardens, and they come in a range of shapes – upright, spreading, rounded or weeping. And, of course, there are varieties of cherry that produce deliciously tasty fruit. Many have spectacular autumn foliage, too.

Cherry blossom also provides an important early source of pollen and nectar for bees and other pollinators.

When to plant cherry blossom trees

Container-grown cherry blossom trees (which you're likely to find at garden centres) can be planted at any time of year, although spring and autumn are the best times as the soil is warm and moist and not too dry or cold. Bare root trees (which are often cheaper) need to be bought and planted during the dormant season, from November to March. These are available from specialist tree nurseries and online.

Before planting, read our advice on how to plant trees.

Where to plant your cherry blossom tree

Cherry blossom trees do best in a sunny, sheltered spot – strong winds can strip a tree of its blossom. Trees that produce sour edible fruits, such as the Morello cherry, can tolerate some shade. Cherries can tolerate a wide range of soil types, as long as it is moist and well drained.

Bear in mind that cherry blossom trees have different shapes – some are upright and some are more rounded or spreading. They look lovely as specimen trees in a front garden or in the middle of a lawn. Smaller types such as 'Amanagowa' or 'Kojo-no-mai' can be incorporated into borders.

To really enhance the beautiful blossom, you could underplant the tree with beautiful spring bulbs, such as white daffodils or tulips.

Advice on buying cherry blossom trees

  • Check you have the right spot for a cherry tree – most do best in a sunny, sheltered spot
  • Check the ultimate size and shape
  • Flowering cherry trees are widely available at garden centres but you will find more choice at specialist tree nurseries. They may offer trees in larger sizes, often as bare root trees, which are only available to buy and plant during the dormant season (November to March)

Where to buy cherry blossom trees online

  • Primrose
  • Crocus
  • Thompson & Morgan

The best cherry blossom trees for your garden

Prunus 'Pink Shell'

Cherry blossom of Prunus 'Pink Shell'

Prunus 'Pink Shell' is a small, spreading ornamental cherry with delicate, cup-shaped pink flowers and pale green leaves that turn orange in autumn. It is excellent for early pollinators.

Ultimate height x Spread: 8m x 8m

Shape: Spreading

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Prunus 'Spire'

Prunus 'Spire' is a compact and upright ornamental cherry that produces an impressive show of pink flowers from late March. Its colourful foliage begins bronze, turning yellow and green in summer, turning red in autumn. It holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Height x Spread: 8m x 4m

Shape: Upright

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Prunus 'Tai-haku'

An ancient cultivar, Prunus 'Tai-haku', great white cherry or hill cherry, bears white blossoms much larger than most ornamental cherries, up to 6cm wide. The gorgeous bronze foliage turns green in summer. A large, wide tree that needs plenty of room, it holds the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Height x Spread: 8m x 8m

Shape: Spreading

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Prunus avium 'Regina'

Prunus avium 'Regina'

An excellent cherry for both flowers and fruits, Prunus avium 'Regina' produces clouds of pure-white blossom in spring, followed by large dessert cherries with superb flavour in summer. Great for a small garden.

Height x Spread: 4m x 3.5m

Shape: Rounded

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Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'

Reaching up to 2m, Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' compact ornamental cherry. More like a large shrub, it is ideal for a small garden and can also be grown in a pot. Showy white flowers blushed with pink burst from attractive twisted branches. It has excellent red and orange autumn colour. It has the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Height x Spread: 2.5m x 2.5m

Shape: Bush

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Prunus 'Shirotae'

Prunus 'Shirotae'

Prunus 'Shirotae' produces masses of fragrant, semi-double white flowers on dark branches, followed by pretty autumn colour. Its flat crown and spreading habit creates a stunning look. It holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Height x Spread: 8m x 6m

Shape: Spreading

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Prunus 'Amanogawa'

Prunus 'Amanogawa'. Getty Images

Prunus ‘Amanogawa’ is a beautiful ornamental cherry with an upright or columnar habit, hence its common name, the flagpole cherry. In late spring it’s smothered in semi-double, pale pink blossom, popular with pollinators. The foliage is green-bronze in spring and fresh green in summer. In autumn, the leaves turn orange and red before falling. Prunus ‘Amanogawa’ is one of the best trees for small gardens. It holds the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Height x Spread: 8m x 4m

Shape: Upright

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Prunus cerasus 'Morello'

Cherry blossom, Prunus cerasus. Getty Images

The Morello cherry, Prunus cerasus ‘Morello’, also known as sour cherry, has beautiful white blossom in spring, followed by fruits that are mainly used in cooking. It is self-fertile (does not need another cherry nearby for pollination) and bears large crops. Morello cherries on smaller rootstocks can be grown as dwarf fruit trees in pots or in the ground or fan-trained against a wall to save space. It can be grown in a north-facing site. It holds the RHS AGM.

Height x Spread: 4m x 4m

Shape: Rounded, fan or dwarf

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Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'

Cherry plum, Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'

The black cherry plum, Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' is a beautiful, rounded tree and one of the first cherries to bloom in spring. It has dark purple leaves and masses of pink blossom that fades to white, opening from deep pink buds in spring. The purple-black branches are eye-catching, and the foliage turns spectacular shades of orange in autumn. It is tolerant of pollution, so popular for urban gardens. The foliage turns spectacular fiery shades in autumn. It holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Height x Spread: 10m x 8m

Shape: Rounded

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Prunus x yedoensis

Prunus x yedoensis

Prunus x yedoensis, the Yoshino cherry, is a graceful tree that bears a profusion of white-pink flowers in spring. It is a spreading tree with arching branches. Plant as a specimen tree in a lawn, so that its shape can be appreciated.

Height x Spread: 12m x 8m

Shape: Spreading

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Prunus 'Pandora'

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Prunus 'Pandora' is a compact cherry with a 'vase-like' shape, making it a good tree for the smaller garden. It has pale pink blossom in spring and orange foliage in autumn, and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Height x Spread: 10m x 8m

Shape: Vase

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Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rubra'

Prunus pendula ‘Pendula Rubra’ has a beautiful weeping habit. It bears masses of deep pink flowers, mainly during late winter and early spring. In autumn leaves develop fiery tints of orange and red before falling. Prunus pendula ‘Pendula Rubra’ has been awarded the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Award of Garden Merit.

Height x Spread: 4m x 4m

Shape: Weeping

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How to care for cherry blossom trees

Keep the soil moist after planting, for at least the first year. In spring, mulch with organic matter, such as well rotted manure – this should help retain moisture.

Cherry blossom trees need no routine pruning but if you want to tweak the shape or move crossing or dead branches, do this in spring or summer when the tree is less likely to suffer from silver leaf disease or canker.

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Common cherry blossom tree problems

Diseases to look out for include, canker, blossom wilt, brown rot and silver leaf disease. Silver leaf can be managed by pruning in spring or summer.

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Cherry Blossom Trees bring billowy pink and white blooms in the spring. These blooms often last no more than two weeks and are also a symbol of renewal and the ephemeral nature of life.

  • The most well-known species is the Japanese Cherry Tree or the Sakura.
    • These stunning trees, which are not to be confused with Cherry Trees cultivated for fruit, inspire millions of people to flock to Japan each year for flower-viewing festivals. In Japan, the ritual of viewing Cherry Blossoms dates back to the 700s.
    • In the United States, Cherry Blossom Trees can grow almost anywhere, living 30 to 40 years.
  • Cherry Blossom Trees also offer colorful autumn leaves, handsome bark, and quick growth while requiring little care, making them ideal for home gardens.

History of Cherry Blossom Trees in the United States

In 19th century America, only a few people in the United States—horticulturalists, generally—knew of the Japanese flowering cherry tree. This changed in 1912 when Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees to the United States as a gift. The United States viewed this offer as a warm gesture of friendship and planted the trees in Sakura Park in Manhattan and Potomac Park in Washington, D. C. Each spring brings forth the breathtaking rebirth of the Cherry Blossoms and this international symbol of friendship is celebrated to this day with the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington. Other cities around the world also celebrate Cherry Blossom season with tree planting ceremonies and other events.

Selecting a Cherry Blossom Tree

There are hundreds of species, varieties, and hybrids of flowering cherry trees. Several characteristics, such as the number of petals, color of the blossoms, and cherry blossom leaves, differentiate the trees. Cherry Blossom Trees are typically deciduous and grow in different shapes and sizes. Some bloom early in the spring, while others are late bloomers.

The Okame Cherry Tree is an early bloomer with medium pink petals, while the Kwanzan Cherry Tree opens in late spring with deep pink flowers. The Yoshino Cherry Tree has wide-spreading branches with white blooms that are replaced by glossy green leaves in the summer. Pink and White Weeping Cherry Trees combine an elegant weeping form with a dramatic cascade of flowers on branches that spill downwards. You should select a cherry blossom tree based on the qualities most important to you and the parameters of your garden. If space is limited, consider a Dwarf Cherry Blossom Tree.

Where Should You Plant Your Cherry Blossom Tree?

Cherry Blossom Trees need lots of sunlight and soil that is rich and fertile, check the growing zone recommended for your species of Flowering Cherry. Experts suggest choosing a spot in the garden or yard that provides at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The soil beneath your flowering tree should also have good drainage for proper growth. Flowering Cherry Trees can grow anywhere from 15 to 30 feet high with a canopy just as wide, so choose a location that can support the tree's mature size.

9 Tips For Planting Your Cherry Blossom Tree
  1. Plant your Cherry Blossom tree after the last frost to ensure your tree thrives.
  2. Space the tree about 10 to 20 feet from other plants, including trees, shrugs, and foliage.
  • This is important for water absorption and proper root growth. Also be sure to avoid planting your tree too close to a building or structure.
  1. Prepare a hole that is large enough for your root ball with a bit of extra width. Add a layer of organic matter, such as compost, to the bottom of the hole.
  • Adjust the hole so that the tree is planted at the same depth as it was originally growing.
  1. Place the tree in the hole and make sure the top of the roots are level with the surface of the soil.
  • Add or remove soil as needed. Before filling the hole, mix some organic matter with the soil you removed from the hole.
  1. Fill in the planting hole with the mixture of soil and organic matter.
  • Level out the soil with the surrounding area.
  1. Stake the tree with a rigid tree stake and tree ties to ensure it is supported against wind as it becomes established.
  2. Water the newly planted tree thoroughly to set the soil in place.
  3. Fertilize around the roots of the cherry tree.
  4. Cover the root area with bark, garden compost, or wood chips to protect the roots from temperature changes.

Cherry Blossom Tree Care

Flowering Cherry Trees grow at a rate of between 1 and 2 feet per year and once they are planted and properly established, Cherry Blossom Trees require little care afterwards.

Watering & Fertilizing

Only water the tree during prolonged dry periods of the summer. Cherry Blossom Trees do not like sitting in soggy soil. Feed the tree once per year with a general granular fertilizer in the spring.


Avoid pruning the Cherry Blossom Tree unless absolutely necessary. If you prune the tree, only do so while it is actively growing: from May to August.

Diseases & Pests

To control diseases and pests, examine the leaves of the Cherry Blossom.

Silver Leaf Fungus is a fungal disease that attacks Prunus trees and shrubs, including Cherry Blossom Trees. The disease infects wounds, mainly caused by pruning. Look for a grey or silver appearance on the leaves to learn if Silver Leaf Fungus is present. If the disease is visible, remove the affected branches as soon as possible as silver leaf fungus is progressive and often fatal. Always soak your pruning tools in a solution of bleach and water after using them on an infected plant.

Black Knot Fungus is a fungal disease also common to Prunus trees and shrubs. It produces small growths, usually light brown in color, on the joints and branches of the tree. Cut back diseased branches to prevent the disease from spreading. Don't allow cuttings to fall to the ground. Instead, carefully dispose of infected branches by burying, burning, or placing them in trash bags.

Aphids are small, nearly invisible insects that feed on plant and tree sap. Signs of Aphids include curling or stunted leaves, or when the leaves or stems are covered with sap from the aphids feeding. If the invasion is small, try spraying cold water on the leaves to dislodge the bugs. If spraying water is ineffective, treat the tree with insecticides to get rid of the aphids.

Buy Your Own Cherry Blossom Tree

One of the most beloved trees in the world, Cherry Blossom Trees are famous for their breathtaking pink and ivory blooms. You don't have to travel to botanical gardens to catch sight of these show-stopping Cherry Blossom Trees. These elegant, blossoming trees can thrive in any home garden under the proper conditions, providing years of serene beauty.

Brighter Blooms offers several types of flowering Cherry Trees that will impress onlookers with a spectacular show of Cherry Blossom flowers.

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Is it possible to grow a cherry tree in the UK?


ByBenjamin Noah

Cherry especially grows well in southern and central England .

What are the best cherries to grow in the UK?

1] SUNBURST My pick for the best cherry, Sunburst has it all. The fruits are reliable, of excellent taste and quality, the richest red-black fruits ripen en masse in early July.

How fast do cherries grow in the UK?

Fan tree: 3 years before harvest, 5 years before harvest. Ornate Tree: 2 years before harvest, 4 years before harvest. Container-grown trees are usually the first and fastest to be transported.

How long does it take for a cherry to bear fruit?

Cherries are set after about three years, and they can bear fruit already in the fourth year. Most fruit crops don't bear fruit the same year you plant them, but if they do, they can bear fruit for years - a ripe cherry can produce 30-50 liters of fruit in one season.

Is it possible to grow cherries at home?

You cannot grow full size cherries at home, the ideal height for growing indoors is 6 to 8 meters to be easy to handle. For indoor growing, choose a variety of dwarf cherry or self-pollinating bonsai. Most cultivars are self-fertile and will be pollinated by a compatible cultivar.

Do I need 2 cherries to get fruit?

Do I need to plant more than one cherry for pollination and fruiting? For pollination and fruiting, you need to plant only one cherry. Many types of cherries cannot bear fruit from their own pollen and are considered unsuccessful. These plants need cross-pollination in order to bear fruit.

Can you eat wild cherries in the UK?

Several types of cherries grow in the UK. Prunus avium is often referred to as the wild cherry. All are edible, although some can be very spicy and sour.

Is it difficult to grow cherries?

Cherries can be difficult to grow, but the rewards are great, and many growers are trying the cool, dwarf new stems, writes PENNY WOODWARD. However, there are dwarf cherries and some varieties that require less refrigeration, as well as pruning practices that keep the trees small.

How are cherries grown in the UK?

Plant bare-rooted trees between November and March and in containers at any time of the year, but preferably in autumn, winter or spring. Dig a hole 2 feet by 2 feet (60 by 60 cm) and 30 cm deep. Place a layer of organic material, such as well-rotted compost or manure, in the bottom of the hole and dig it out.

What is the best fruit tree in the UK?

Apples. The apple is England's national fruit, so it's no surprise that apples grow in our British orchards. Apples are not only popular and versatile, but they are also incredibly nutritious, making them super easy to grow. An apple also has much more to offer than just a fruit.

Why won't there be cherries in 2021?

In recent years, the number of commercial cherries has been reduced due to lack of cooling in winter, which causes poor fruiting, and late spring precipitation, which can lead to splitting of cherries. But this year, farmers say growing and harvesting conditions have been mostly favourable.

In what climate does cherry grow?

Cherry is best suited for regions with moderate temperatures and low humidity, while tart cherries grow in colder climates and require about 2 months of winter temperatures below 45°F.

How do I know if my cherry is bearing fruit?

Cherries will bear fruit when they are large enough to bloom freely. Cherries ripen at the age of three to five years, and cherries at the age of four to seven years. The overall health of the tree, which is influenced by a variety of factors, is the key to success in growing cherries.

Which fruit tree is the easiest to grow?

Cherry is one of the easiest fruit trees to grow and care for. They require little to no pruning and are rarely affected by pests or diseases. Cherries need two trees to cross-pollinate, unless you are planting a tree with two different varieties grafted onto it.

Which fruit tree grows the fastest?

Top 10 fastest growing fruit trees

  1. Peaches USDA Zones: 4-9, but zones 6-8 are best.
  2. Fake. USDA zones: 5-9, but some varieties are hardy in zones 3-4.
  3. Apple. USDA zones: 3-8.
  4. Citrus trees. USDA Zones: 8-10 (Ground)
  5. Kaisi. USDA zones: 5-8.
  6. Tangerine fruit trees.
  7. Cherry
  8. fig

Is it possible to grow cherries from purchased cherries?

Yes, actually. Growing cherries from seed is not only an inexpensive way to grow cherries, but it's also a lot of fun and delicious! Cherries in the grocery store are stored in such a way that the pits from them become unsafe.

Planting a tree in England is easy, but cutting down is not always possible - even on your own plot

If you think that the work of real estate lawyers ends when the client receives the keys to the house, then you are mistaken. At the last stage, the Stamp Duty is calculated and paid, the lawyers register you as a new owner of the property in the Land Registry. However, the work of RSL-LAW lawyers does not end there.

Many of the families we work with, after purchasing property in the UK, need the services of our family office, dealing with all non-legal issues. In this article, we will tell you what to do if you receive a Planning Application Notification - a notification about construction that does not fit into your plans and can harm the environment.

What is Planning Application ?

Planning Application is a notification that you as a property owner can receive in case someone in your neighborhood decides to start building. If your property is located in London, you can view the full version of the application on the website of the building authority, using the registration number of the paper you received by mail. The Planning and Building Control section will provide complete information about the planned construction: address, timing, construction plan and contacts of the foreman. In case of disagreement with the Planning Application, you can register a claim. The appeal is supported by supporting documents, the set of which will depend on the reason for your claim. For example, you may need to connect a construction report from an inspector or an analysis from Tree Surgeon, but this is not necessary at all.

Who are Tree Surgeons ?

Many companies in the UK provide tree surgeons when it comes to examining the root system and the risks to your property if they are cut down. The specialist studies the territories adjacent to the location of the tree and issues a verdict in the form of a report, which can become a powerful tool in disputes with neighbors. In this particular case, we were faced with a situation where construction on a neighboring site could lead to the death of a tree.

What's the question

The tree that our client liked created a shade over the barbecue area and was a great decoration for the house. The problem is that a 25-year-old poplar, according to documents, grows on the territory of a neighbor who has applied for construction. Often, neighbors have been suing for years to cut down a tree that allegedly interferes with them, but here the situation is the opposite, and RSL-LAW lawyers were faced with the task of preserving the neighbor's tree and proving that construction is contraindicated for it.

Trees under state protection

If your goal is to save a tree, whether it is yours or a neighbor's tree, you need to check whether it is under state protection. Tree Preservation Order is a legal protection of trees from self-cutting and destruction of roots without special permission from the municipality. Cutting down protected trees (even on one's own property) is strictly prohibited and may result in a fine ranging from £2,500 to £20,000.

To find out if a tree is under state protection, you need to go to the site of the construction department in the Tree Preservation Orders section and check which trees are protected and which are not by the first letter of the street. Please note that each tree from this list is tied to a specific numbered plot. The list is constantly updated. The date of the last update is July 2017. If you did not find your site and a specific tree, this does not mean that it did not fall into the state protection program. This information can be verified by contacting the Arboriculture Team or the planning hotline.

Disputed areas

A detailed site plan can be ordered from the Arboricultural Impact Assessment (this is done online) before filing an appeal with the building authority. Such a plan will not only show who exactly owns the tree, but also illustrate the radius of distribution of the root system. If it seems to you that the roots of the plant can be damaged during construction, such a document will dot the i's, preventing the start of construction work.

Judgment in

If the Root System Propagation Report and Plan prove construction risks, then your appeal has every chance of success.

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