Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the foremost sites for viewing cherry blossoms outside Japan. Explore the many species and cultivars on display.
Prunus 'Accolade' is an English hybrid between P. subhirtella and P. sargentii. It was first released in 1952 by Knap Hill Nurseries. This tree bears clusters of semidouble, 12-petaled pale pink flowers that open from dark pink buds in early spring.
Prunus × dawyckensis
Thought to be a natural hybrid raised from a seed sent from China by E.H. Wilson in 1907, this tree’s dark brown bark and fleshy amber-red fruits are its chief characteristics. Single flowers, borne in clusters of three or four, are pale pink to white.
Prunus 'Hally Jolivette'
This medium-size tree produces a profusion of pale pink buds that turn white when fully open. It is an American introduction; the parents are native to Asia.
Prunus x hillieri 'Spire'
As its name suggests, this cherry has an upright, narrow conical shape. It is excellent for small gardens and for use as a street tree. Medium-size single flowers create a soft pink cloud in spring; the autumn foliage is also attractive. Prunus x hillieri is a cross between P. incisa and P. sargentii; the cultivar 'Spire' was introduced in 1956.
The introduction of this early-blooming cherry to the Western Hemisphere is attributed to plant explorer E.H. Wilson, who made numerous sojourns to the hills of western China in the early 1900s. Following on the heels of the snowdrops, this elegant cherry (formerly known as Prunus conradinae) produces slightly fragrant single flowers, white with a pale pink cast, in early April or occasionally late March.
Prunus subhirtella 'Jugatsu-zakura'
Formerly known as, 'Autumnalis', 'Jugatsu-zakura' begins blooming around October, continues sporadically into December, and finishes in the spring with a last burst coinciding with new foliage. Pale pink flowers are single to double and can be quite striking during winter thaws.
This popular cultivar is considered by many to be the most showy ornamental cherry. Flowering is extravagant, with pink, almost magenta double blossoms borne in hanging clusters of two to five blossoms. Cherry Walk and Cherry Esplanade provide an opulent annual display of 'Kanzan'. Until recently, this cultivar was known as 'Sekiyama'.
This hybrid of the Formosan and Fuji cherries was introduced to Europe in 1947 by Collingwood Ingram, a renowned authority on Japanese flowering cherries. Its deep carmine-rose buds open to lighter-tinted flowers before leaves appear. This small- to medium-size tree is excellent for small gardens and is also showy in fall, with orange-red leaves. This variety is recommended by the Garden Club of America's book, Plants That Merit Attention.
Prunus pendula ‘Yae-Beni-Shidare’
This variety is commonly called double pink weeping cherry. Also called the Sendai spring cherry, it has red buds that open to double pink flowers on a broadly weeping tree.
Prunus sargentii 'Fudan-zakura'
Fudan zakura means "continuous cherry." Known to bloom for long periods in Japan, this rather small tree flowers off and on throughout mild winters. Flower buds are pale pink, opening to white flowers.
Prunus serrulata 'Ariake'
This cultivar is thought to have been first introduced to the U.S. in 1912 as part of Washington D.C.’s Potomac Park flowering cherry collection. Its single large flowers are white to pale pink; mature trees may produce an additional petal in flower centers.
Prunus serrulata 'Hatazakura'
'Hatazakura' means "flag cherry." This medium-size tree produces a profusion of five-petaled pale pink blossoms that turn white when fully open. The tree originated from a celebrated cherry still grown in the Hakusan Shrine in Tokyo.
Prunus serrulata 'Horinji'
Dark pink buds open to semidouble flowers with soft white or pale pink petals set against rich pinkish-purple outer petals. This profusely flowering small tree is named for an ancient Buddhist temple in Kyoto.
Prunus serrulata 'Kiku-shidare'
This compact cherry tree has arched, drooping branches and produces large, densely double rose-pink flowers, each with 50 or more petals. Aptly named 'Kiku-shidare' (“cascading chrysanthemum”), it is also called Cheal’s weeping cherry.
Prunus serrulata 'Kuramayama'
The flowers of this double-flowered cherry are pink with pale centers and hang in clusters of three or four. The buds are a slightly deeper pink.
Prunus serrulata 'Ojochin'
The flowers are single, large—up to two inches across—and flat; pink buds open to faintly pink to white blossoms borne in pendent clusters. Ojochin means "large lantern." This tree—one of the larger flowering cherries—has a wide-spreading habit.
Prunus serrulata 'Shogetsu'
Three to six flowers hang in pendulous clusters on this medium-size cultivar. Shell-pink buds open to semidouble white or faintly pink flowers. Shogetsu means "moon hanging low by a pine tree."
Prunus serrulata 'Taki-Nioi'
The name for this small cherry, meaning "fragrant cloud" or "fragrance of a waterfall," addresses its main feature—its scent—which is rather honeylike. Copious single white blossoms are small but dramatically highlighted by reddish-bronze foliage.
Prunus serrulata 'Taoyame'
Scions of this variety were sent from Japan in 1929 from a tree near the Hirano Shrine in Kyoto. Soft pink semidouble flowers contrast with a deeper pink on the backs and edges of the petals. Early leaves of a rich purplish-brown tone act as a foil to unfolding blossoms. Taoyame translates as "attractive woman."
Prunus serrulata ‘Ukon’
This culitvar produces an abundance of large, semi-double flowers of a yellowish or pale green color (ukon for "turmeric," refers to its unusual color). A hint of pink on the petals adds to the drama of this attractive cherry. Like many of the Prunus serrulata cultivars, 'Ukon' was introduced to western gardeners in the early 20th century.
Prunus serrulata var. spontanea
Called the hill cherry or yamazakura, this cherry's introduction to the West from Japan in 1914 is attributed to the plant collector E.H. Wilson. Unlike other P. serrulata forms, this cherry is not considered a cultivated variety and it can vary greatly, especially in flower color—from white to pale pink.
The name of this double-flowered cherry means "snow white"; it is sometimes also referred to as 'Mount Fuji'. The tree’s pink-tinted buds open to clusters of dazzling white, fragrant flowers. These wide-spreading trees grow to 25 feet tall.
Prunus x sieboldii
These trees, smaller than many other types of cherry trees, produce dark pink buds which open to solid pink blossoms.
These trees are also called higan cherries and produce delicate, pink blossoms in a wide-spreading, vase-shaped form.
Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula'
Seeds of this variety, often called weeping higan cherries, were first brought from Japan around 1862 by plant hunter Philipp Franz von Siebold. They produce delicate blossoms in colors ranging from nearly white to pale pink.
Prunus subhirtella 'Rosy Cloud'
This lovely cultivar produces soft-pink double flowers and attractive autumn foliage. It grows to 20 to 25 feet with an upright spreading habit.
Prunus x yedoensis
Single pink blossoms become white with age on Yoshino cherries—considered to be the most widely cultivated cherry in Japan, particularly around Tokyo. Flowers are faintly fragrant. In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo presented the United States with 800 Yoshino cherries, the basis for the famous Tidal Basin display in Washington, D.C.
Prunus x yedoensis 'Akebono'
This medium-size tree produces very attractive light pink semidouble flowers that appear before its dark green leaves emerge. Akebono translates as "dawn" or "daybreak."