Snowgoose Flowering Cherry Tree

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Snowgoose Flowering Cherry Tree
Snowgoose flowers remain until the fruit emerges. (Flowering Tree image by Lidka from Fotolia.com)

The snowgoose tree is in the rosaceae or the rose family. Categorised as a fruit tree, it can grow to a height of 20 feet and spread up to 20 feet as well. Early in the season, the snowgoose flowering cherry tree begins to bloom. It starts out narrow as a sapling. As it ages, it widens. The tree blooms from mid to late spring. The flowers make way for the cherry-like fruit. If you decide on a snowgoose flowering cherry tree for your yard, you can look forward to a hearty and beautiful tree.

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Flowers and Foliage

The tree blossoms with single white flowers early in the season. Bowl-shaped flowers are alone or in groups of two to four. You can see the blossoms beginning as the leaves emerge. These flowers are long-lasting and bloom from mid to late spring.

The foliage of the snowgoose is deciduous, which means that the tree sheds its leaves annually. The foliage is dark green in the spring and summer, gradually turning to yellow-green and then to gold in the fall.

Snowgoose Flowering Cherry Tree
White flowers bloom in the spring. (white flowers of the fruit-tree image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

Tolerances

The snowgoose tree is very hardy and tolerant to animals and harsh conditions. For example, it tolerates both deer and rabbits and flourishes in heat, humidity, pollution and the salty sea air.

The snowgoose is a relatively hardy tree and can tolerate the cold temperatures common to zones 5 to 9. A planting zone serves as a guideline to determine the cold tolerance of plants in a geographic location. The snowgoose can survive in temperatures that reach --6.67 degrees C (--1.67 degrees C C).

The heat zones for the snowgoose are zones 1 to 9. These zones represent the average number of days annually that a region reaches temperatures over 30 degrees C (-1.11 degrees C C). For the snowgoose, that means that it tolerates between 1 and 150 "heat days" per year.

Snowgoose Flowering Cherry Tree
The snowgoose tolerates deer. (deer image by Henryk Olszewski from Fotolia.com)

Requirements

The pH range for the tree is 4.5 to 7.5 pH. This indicates the potential of Hydrogen in the soil and determines how much alkaline or acid can be present. This tree can tolerate sandy soils with some clay content. That means the soil can be moist without being soggy.

You can use a fertiliser that is high in nitrogen (N) to promote green leafy growth. Be aware, however, that excess nitrogen in the soil causes too much vegetation at the expense of flower bud growth.

Snowgoose Flowering Cherry Tree
You can use fertiliser high in nitrogen to promote green, leafy growth. (green leaves image by Kostyantyn Ivanyshen from Fotolia.com)

Fungus Problems

In places where the nights are cool and the days warm and humid, the snowgoose can develop a powdery mildew in the upper surface of the leaves or fruit. Avoid this problem by planting varieties that are resistant to mildew, and when planting, do not crowd trees so they can get adequate light and proper air circulation.

Snowgoose Flowering Cherry Tree
You should plant trees far apart to prevent mildew from forming on the leaves. (two trees on green slope image by Predrag Marcikic from Fotolia.com)

Insects

The immature forms of moths or butterflies can also be a problem for the tree. Caterpillars eat leaves and can be very destructive. To avoid the problem, weed frequently around the tree; remove caterpillars when you see them; apply labelled insecticides such as soaps and oils.

Scales are insects that might cause leaves to yellow and drop. A young scale by nature crawls until it finds a place to feed. An adult female then loses her legs and stays there indefinitely, protected by a hard shell. You might see the insects as bumps, often on the lower sides of leaves. Their mouths pierce and suck the sap out of the plant tissue. Once they establish themselves, they are difficult to control. If you run into this problem, consult your local garden centre professional to help with suggestions. You can also encourage one of their natural enemies in the garden such as parasitic wasps.

Snowgoose Flowering Cherry Tree
Caterpillars can be harmful to the tree. (catepillar image by Tony Fortunato from Fotolia.com)

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