Cherry blossom festival, Japan. Photo - Linda Ross
Cherry (Prunus spp)
Description: it’s no wonder the Japanese dedicate a whole month of ‘Hanami’ celebrations to the beautiful blossoms of the cherry. You know spring’s arrived when their pink-hued blooms blanket these perfectly shaped trees.
Size: this hardy, adaptable, deciduous tree will grow to about 5m, making it ideal for small to medium sized gardens.
Cultivation: prunus do well in a bright position in well-drained, humus-rich soil. They require regular water. They thrive in cool to temperate climates.
Special comments: buy a prunus bred specifically for its flowering ability. Wonderful leaf tones in autumn are another plus. Flemings (flemings.com.au) is a good place to search out exactly what you want.