Cherry trees are some of the most stunning ornamentals there are and few people will forget the sight of these trees in full spring bloom.  Unfortunately not all gardens can accommodate their mature size since some cherries can  spread as much as 30 feet. There is, however, one cherry available for the smaller garden and this is the Flag Pole cherry, or Prunus amanogawa. This is a narrow upright tree that is ideal for restricted spaces. In spring it is a spectacular pillar of blossom bearing clusters of large, pale pink, semi-double flowers, with a deeper pink margin. These fragrant flowers  are held at the ends of extremely upright branches, hence the name 'Amanogawa,' meaning "Milky Way". And the foliage is also attractive with  the new leaves being an attractive bronze-green, turning medium green in summer and for autumn a rich crimson and gold.

Flag Pole cherry will, in 20 years, grow 20 feet tall but only 6 feet wide, with an ultimate height of only 25 feet.  This compact column of beauty is simply one of  the best ornamental trees available today for a small garden, though it would be invaluable to any property needing a vertical statement since there are so few upright accents with such flowering. It will thrive in any soil but does need plenty of sunlight for the best display. It is well suited to the upper half of the US, parts of Lower Canada, throughout the UK and New Zealand and parts of Australia. As usual, this special tree will not be found in the popular landscape nurseries but more likely in a specialty, mail-order, plant nursery.

Flagpole cherry


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