The Yoshino Cherry is also known as the Japanese flowering cherry, is the darling of the flowering tree world and the star of such renowned events as the National and International Cherry Blossom Festivals. This world-famous tree is planted all along the Tidal Basin. Every year, thousands of people converge on our nation's capital to see the Yoshino Cherry trees in bloom. Yoshino has incredible gray-black bark, fragrant, pale pink flowers liberally cover the lovely, dark, bare branches in very early spring. The flower display in spring is an amazing sight. This is truly one of the world's greatest wonders. This tree is an important source of food for many small birds and mammals including robins, cardinals and waxwings.
Growth Rate: It grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 1–2 feet per year.
Mature Size: This Cherry grows to a height of 40–50 feet at maturity.
Soil Preference: The Yoshino Cherry is very versatile—growing in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. While it prefers moist conditions, the tree has some drought tolerance.