Grow Your Own Cherry Blossoms
Here are our four favorites that do great in the South and are widely available. Give them full sun and well-drained soil. Use the following profiles to select the right one for your situation.
Frothy clouds of blush pink-to-white flowers smother its leafless branches in early spring, while fall foliage may be yellow to russet. Graceful tiers of wide-spreading branches make it popular for lining residential streets. It also makes a fine lawn tree or medium-size shade tree. Try it in the Upper, Middle, and Lower South.
'Snow Fountains' comes both ways, so choose the one you like. Growing only 12 feet tall and wide with pure white blooms, it has pendulous branches that cascade to the ground. Leaves turn orange and golden in fall. It's good for the Upper, Middle, and Lower South.
Thousands of glorious, deep pink blossoms adorn its leafless branches. Vase-shaped in youth, 'Okame' develops into an oval or rounded tree about 20 feet tall and wide—ideal for shading a courtyard or patio. In fall, the leaves turn orange-red before dropping to reveal glossy, reddish brown bark. Very heat and cold tolerant, 'Okame' grows and blooms well as far south as Central Florida.
Growing to 30 feet tall, vase-shaped 'Kwanzan' provides plenty of headroom beneath it. This trait makes it an excellent lawn, street, or courtyard tree for the Upper, Middle, and Lower South. Plant this vigorous grower where you can gaze up into it.