Sargent’s Cherry Tree Description
A deciduous, fast growing ornamental tree native to Japan, that grows to 20-40 feet in height with a spread of 20-40 feet (reaching full height within 20–50 years). The leaves are 3-5 inches in length and are a shiny dark green which turn to various shades of red, orange and bronze in the autumn. The bark is a polished, shiny reddish brown colour. It grows a single, pink, delicate showy flower in spring (March and early April) and produces very tiny purple/black fruit in the summer, which are very popular with birds.
This is a very impressive, beautiful tree both in the spring and autumn.
Cultivation of a Sargent’s Cherry Tree
The Sargent’s Cherry tree is one of the hardiest cherries, requiring full sun and a moist but well drained soil of either, loam, sand, chalk or clay. It can tolerate wind but does not like pollution. This tree can also be easily transplanted.
Pests & Diseases of a Sargent’s Cherry Tree
In general this trees overall disease resistance is good but it can suffer from silver leaf, bacterial canker and blossom wilt. Pests can be leaf-mining moths and caterpillars. Regular checks for signs of disease or pests will stop it spreading and if you are unsure how to treat the tree, contact a professional tree surgeon who will be able to advise you of the treatment they can offer.
Pruning and Maintenance of a Sargent’s Cherry Tree
This tree requires minimal maintenance but some pruning will help the tree remain healthy and growing in an attractive shape. Regular pruning will also stop the tree growing too wide if you have a fairly small garden. Ideally pruning should take place in summer to reduce the likelihood of silver leaf.