How to Care for a Cherry Blossom Tree: Plant Guide

cherry blossom tree planting guide

Ornamental Cherry Trees are a beautiful addition to any garden, and with proper care, they can thrive for decades. Known for their stunning pink blossoms, these trees also come in varieties with pure white blossoms that add extra brightness to your outdoor space. If you’re looking to grow a healthy Cherry Blossom Tree, follow these tips:

Ground Rules


Flowering Cherry Blossom Trees require full sunlight to thrive. Make sure to plant them in spaces that receive direct sunlight for most of the day.


After planting your Flowering Cherry Tree with a 50/50 mix of soil and compost, water it deeply. Avoid letting the tree sit in standing water, as it prefers well-drained soil. Water until the soil is fully soaked, and let any excess water drain away.


Cherry Blossom Trees are not too picky about soil pH but they grow best in rich soil. Opt for well-drained, moist, and fertile soil. A 50/50 mix of soil and compost will provide the ideal conditions for your tree to thrive.


To ensure healthy growth, lightly fertilize your Cherry Tree in the spring once the frost has passed. Use a well-balanced, extended-release fertilizer like espoma Tree-tone. Fertilize again 6 to 8 weeks later to promote denser foliage or faster growth for young trees. When planting, consider using Bio-Tone fertilizer. Both chemical and organic fertilizers can be used successfully with Cherry Trees.


Mulching your Flowering Cherry Tree is highly recommended. Use a ground hardwood mulch or ground cypress mulch, depending on what is locally available. While any type of mulch will do, cypress or hardwood mulch offer higher quality and better nutrition as they break down.

When caring for your Cherry Blossom Tree, choose a location with full to partial sun, proper soil drainage, and enough space for the tree’s branches to fully grow. Give your tree some breathing room by allowing 10 to 20 feet of space between trees. If planting near your house, be mindful of falling leaves and petals.

Most Cherry Trees thrive in zones 6 to 8, but some varieties can withstand colder climates, thriving even in zones 4 and 5. If your area experiences an unusually warm spell before the last major frost, it may cause your cherry trees to start budding early. To protect the delicate buds from a potential freeze, gently wrap the entire tree with light cloth or burlap, using stakes to keep the cloth from touching the buds too much.

For more information on tree planting tips and guidelines, visit Tips Tree Planting. Happy gardening!