Everyone is familiar with the Cherry blossom festival in Washington DC, but thanks to researchers at the University of Florida, we now have beautiful cherry trees that flower as far south as Orlando and Tampa, Florida! Taiwan Cherries are very low chill, bloom as early as the Redbuds, and are adapted to the hot humid summers of the South. They are the best cherry for the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Myrtle Beach to south Texas. Taiwans have bright reddish-pink flowers and are easy to grow. They produce a small non-edible cherry that is excellent for birds, have an attractive dark reddish cherry bark, and beautiful yellow to red foliage in fall.
This tree is best suited for areas of North and Central Florida. Of the
many species of flowering cherry trees, the Taiwan cherry is the most
heat-tolerant, and is planted throughout the deep south, in USDA Plant
Hardiness Zones 7B-9A.
Taiwan cherry prefers full sun, but will tolerate some shade. Plant
your tree where it will be visible to enjoy its spring flowering. These
trees do best with regular irrigation and well-drained, acidic soil.
Occasional pruning can significantly improve the form of the crown,
especially when trees are young.
There are no major pest problems, although tent
caterpillars and scale have been observed. A healthy tree can usually
withstand minor pests. One drawback of Taiwan cherry is that it's
relatively short lived, lasting just 10 or 15 years, but that's still
plenty of time for you to enjoy its beauty.
This tree deserves much more attention and should be planted all over the South!
Tree Form: Vase
Bloom: Showy, bright pink flowers in Jan-Feb
Fruit: Small non-edible red cherries in April, excellent for birds
Foliage: Dark green serrated leaves, bright yellow to red in fall Foliage: deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Light requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained upland soils pH 6.0-7.0
Pruning: Pruning consists of the removal of dead, diseased, or damaged branches, maintaining size (width) within your landscape.
Hardiness Zone: 7b-9a
Size Shipped 1 year old 18-36" container grown - $24.95
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Available at farm for pickup: 3, 7, 15, 30-gallon (8-10' tall)
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