Cherry trees for small gardens

Updated November 21, 2016

If you have a small garden or yard, you will want to choose a cherry tree that is petite and yet adds a special interest to your garden. Many of the flowering weeping cherry trees are ideal for a small space. Most weeping cherry trees can also be bonsaied in containers, which is particularly useful if you have very limited space in your garden.

Japanese Flowering Cherry

The Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus Amanogawa) is a perfect cherry tree for the small garden. Sometimes referred to as "Flagpole Cherry Tree," it is narrow and upright and of the right dimensions for a restricted space. It reaches a modest height of 6 metres (20 feet) at maturity, with a 1 to 1.5 metres (4 to 5 foot) spread. It is a very compact tree with erect branches and flowers that are deep pink in colour and fragrant.

Snow Fountains Weeping Cherry

The Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry (Prunus spp. 'Snofozam') features cascading branches that sweep toward the ground, giving it the appearance of a fountain when in bloom. This cherry tree can grow up to 3.5 metres (12 feet) in height and 1.5 to 3.5 metres (5 to 12 feet) in width. It begins to bloom in late April with small white flowers. The blooms are known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Yoshino Cherry

The Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) makes a nice addition to a garden with a sunny spot where shade is needed. With upright and horizontal branching, it is ideal over patios or walkways. It can grow to a height of 10 to 13 metres (35 to 45 feet), with a 9 to 12 metre (30 to 40 foot) spread. Its white to pink flowers bloom in the early spring.

Kwanazan Cherry

The Kwanazan Cherry (prunus serrulata 'Kwansan') has an upward sweeping form, and can reach a height of 4 to 7 metres (15 to 25 feet) with an equal spread. It has a beautiful double-pink bloom, and has been featured at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.

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