Uses for Cherry Trees

Cherry trees have various uses in landscape layout. Depending on the number you choose, these tiny trees make perfect privacy displays, creamy hedges or street trees. You may even develop a few cherry trees as a bonsai or in containers. Cherry trees have showy blossoms and typically, but not always, get 20 to 25 feet tall and favor sites with acidic soil featuring full sun to partial shade. The fruiting varieties bear edible fruit or inedible drupes that attract wildlife, and some flowering varieties bear no fruit in any respect.

Boost a Privacy Screen

Shield your outside sitting area from onlookers throughout the warm weather months when you plant flowering cherry trees which develop into perfect privacy displays, including pink star flowering cherry (Prunus “Beni-Hoshi”), that rises in USDA plant hardiness zones 5b through 9, and the cherry tree “Accolade” (P. “Accolade”), that rises in USDA zones 6 through 8. These cherry trees grow in any sort of moist, highly acidic to alkaline soil, provide beautiful pink blossoms in spring and have green leaves which turn bronze or golden in fall. They produce no edible fruit to litter your own yard, and pink star flowering cherry contains fragrant blossoms.

Fruiting Hedges

Define property lines and block views of unsightly things in your yard when you plant cherry trees as hedges, including Surinam cherry (Eugenia uniflora) as well as the Cornelian-cherry tree “Variegata.” Surinam isn’t a true cherry tree, however it rises in the warmer climates of USDA zones 9 and 10 and creates an abundance of yellow, orange or crimson cherry-like, edible fruit up to 3 inches across in summer. It prefers moist, loamy or sandy soil with a pH that is slightly acidic to slightly alkaline, has shiny green or bronze foliage that turns red or purple in autumn and it bears attractive white blooms in spring. “Variegata” features green leaves outlined in creamy yellow which turn red in autumn. It favors a well-drained site with any sort of acidic soil, produces yellow flowers in spring which yield red edible fruit in the summer and grows in USDA zones 5 through 8.

Container Gardening

You can plant select cherry trees in containers to decorate porches, patios and walkways, including the Cornelian-cherry trees (Cornus mas) “Alba” and “Flava.” These cherry trees thrive in any type of acidic, well-drained dirt. They adorn your yard with yellow blooms in spring that become white, yellow or gray edible fruit in the summer and also have green leaves which turn red in fall. “Alba” and “Flava” provide moderate to moderately dense colour and develop in USDA zones 5 through 8.

Street Tree or Bonsai

You can plant the cherry trees “Bright N Tight” (P. caroliniana), also known as laurelcherry, and “Hally Jolivette” (P. x “Hally Jolivette”) as street trees or nurture them as bonsai specimens. “Bright N Tight” grows in sites with full sun to full shade in any sort of well-drained dirt. It has evergreen foliage and aromatic white blooms in spring that become black edible fruit, and it rises in zones 8 through 10. “Hally Jolivette” prefers a site with full sun and any sort of well-drained, acidic soil. It produces white or pink blossoms in spring which don’t produce fruit and grows in USDA zones 6 through 8.

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