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Caring for Kwanzan Cherry Trees

Kwanzan cherry trees are so beautiful, that they have become a symbol of a nation, a treasured gift, and immortalized in song an poem for generations. These beautiful trees typically grow to a minimum of 15 feet, and have the potential to grow up to twice that high with the proper care. With their beautiful double-pink flowers, there can be no mistaking them when they are seen. Caring for Kwanzan cherry trees is actually fairly easy to do, so if you want to add this gorgeous tree to your landscape design here is what you need to do.

  • Soil requirements. A Kwanzan cherry tree can tolerate clay, loam, sandy, acidic, alkaline, occasionally wet, and well drained soils. That being said, this tree thrives in soil that is loose, and plenty of moisture. This tree is not one that is ideal for planting along an exposed street or a parking lot. Ideally speaking, the soil will have very good drainage, as well as plenty of humus, and has a low salt content.
  • Sunlight. These cherry trees require a lot of sunlight. In fact, these trees should be planted in full sunlight and not in the shade. These trees do not deal well with excessive shade, and typically need at least six hours a day of full sunlight.
  • Watering. On the average, a Kwanzan cherry tree is moderately drought resistant. However, if you want to see your tree really thrive, then provide a regular watering. Typically, means that you only need to water the tree deeply once a week. You can tell if you need to water your tree again, if the top three inches of soil around the tree are dry. Ideally, the Kwanzan cherry tree requires between 1/2 an inch to 1 inch of water each week.
  • Nutrition. This tree doesn't really require a whole lot of attention throughout the year to ensure proper growth. Typically all you will need to do is mix in a slow releasing complete fertilizer, that has been designed for flowering trees, once a year to meet all of the tree's nutritional requirements.
  • Climate. The Kwanzan cherry tree is not native to the United States, but does enjoy some decent life here. Originally, this cherry tree is from the Japanese islands, and from the Chinese mainland. That being said, the tree will thrive in the USDA hardiness zones of 5B through 9A. It can also put up with temperatures as low as 15 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit).
  • Pruning. Pruning of this tree should be accomplished in the early summer, after the first blossoming has been experienced. This will allow you to identify the dead or diseased tree branches that need to be removed. Also remove any branches that appear to be crowded or growing back inwards towards the trunk.
  • Common pest problems. The Kwanzan cherry tree is susceptible to aphids, mites and caterpillars
 

Comments for this tip:

mike    28 Jun 2015, 11:38
I planted kwanza cherry tree late last summer in spring had plenty of buds now (June 28) plenty of leaves but it never flowered. tree gets plenty of sunlight and water. also how do I prune there is so many leaves tree is bending over so I attached strings to stakes to keep it straight.
 thx
rknelson    11 Jun 2015, 14:09
Our Kanzan Cherry has been planted for 1 year and it bloomed this spring. Now two of the lower branches have all turned brown and are dead. We have got 14 inches of rain since the 1st of May. Is that what's killing it? Is there anything we can do to keep it? Thanks
Kat    28 Apr 2015, 21:53
I planted two 7'Kwanzan cherry trees last fall (2014)about 15feet apart. One looks great,bloomed and is now leafing out (End of April 2015). The other one had only a few blooms and those it did have are rotting. It still has buds that have not opened yet but still no leaves. This tree though close to the other gets about 2 less hours of sun in the afternoon.Any ideas?
Kimberly    21 Apr 2015, 03:07
I have the same problem as Brenda. My tree is about 5-6 years old. It is growing and leaves look great but it never flowers. I did notice about 3 on it today. That's about all it ever does in the spring however. It gets full sun until late evening. I would love some advice on what to do to help it please.
Brenda Gray    21 Mar 2015, 12:48
Had (2) of these tree's planted by my lawn-care maintenance crew in 4-13. The tree's were blooming at the time of planting, but have not bloomed since. They are in direct sunlight and in a well drained area. We have irrigation, so water is not a problem. Should I try a different area of the yard to plant these beautiful tree's and if so what time of the year would be best to have them transplanted. Oh, they have grown each year and offer plenty of foliage during the spring and summer.
Any advice and tips would be greatly appreciated.
Lorraine    30 Aug 2014, 15:39
Just brought kwanza tree. Scared to death, afraid of callipars and afraid of all the diseases you talk about that will happen to this tree. I

I paid so much for it, now afraid to even plant it. Is there any preventive action I can take to avoid the diseases you mentioned, especially catipplars and aphids. I just brought it, august and very hot .Should I plant it in a pot since it is so hot, and should I fertilize it as soon as planted or put in a pot?
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