October 22nd, 2018

Flowering Cherry, Pear and Plum

These smaller flowering cherry, pear and plum trees are often spotted in residential neighborhoods as they make great street trees due to their resilient. Here are the details:

Flowering Cherry

When it comes to flowering trees, few can compare to the splendor of the flowering cherries. Thankfully, so many homeowners are able to enjoy these trees as they span from small specimen trees to large street trees, accommodating nearly any space you may have available.



As mentioned, the flowering cherries trees vary in size, but most typically grow from 10’ to 30’ tall. Whether you are looking for a tree that can produce shade or just one to fill an empty corner on your lot, the flowering plant is great solution to nearly any gardening conundrum.



Despite its name, the flowering cherry rarely produces fruit. Even if your tree does produce some fruit, it is usually claimed by the bird. However, the tree produces breathtaking white and pink blossoms in March and April. Then, the reddish leaves turn green as the flowers fall off heading into summer.



Flowering cherries prefer loose, well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade. You should also consider where the tree is placed as surfaces that attract heat can harm the plant and falling blossoms become slippery when wet on smooth surfaces. It is also recommended to keep your tree away from paved areas as the roots can push the soil up over time, causing potential damage to your walkway.

Pruning is recommended in the winter. Unlike other trees, the flowering cherry is resilient so don’t worry too much about causing harm as it will bounce back.

Flowering Pears

All flowering pear trees will flower white in the early spring and turn a rich red color by fall. They also known for their glossy green leaves. Flowering pears are also extremely tolerate of heat, drought, and compacted soil, and are often quite narrow. For this reason, they make good street and backyard trees. However, don’t place them too close to the house. The odor of the blooms is not exactly pleasant.

While these trees do produce fruit, they are very tiny and hard, and usually inedible. Like any tree, there are a variety of options, but the flowering pear usually grows from 35’ to 40’ tell. The Chanticleer version is one of the popular options as it resists fireblight and grows in an upright, uniform fashion.

Flowering Plums

If you’ve seen a tree with small, deep purple leaves, you probably saw a plum tree as that’s its distinctive feature. Most often used as a street tree, or small shade tree, flowering plums are recommended when you are looking for color contrast. When flowering, the bloom is pale pink or white and some varieties bare fruit.

The flowering plum is a bit shorter than the pear, topping out around 20’ tall and 15’ to 20’ wide. One of the most popular options is Thundercloud. This species has been around since the 1930s and hasn’t disappointed yet. It holds a dark foliage color and is covered by a profusion of fragrant light-pink flowers in the spring.





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