Cherry trees symbolize friendship, beauty

Cherry trees symbolize friendship, beauty

Flowering cherry tree on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter

Cherry trees symbolize friendship, beauty

Bees enjoy the flowers of the cherry trees in late winter. Photo provided by Joy Bruce

Flowering cherry trees are true showstoppers. These trees can be seen blooming around Louisiana in February and March. In the southern part of the state, the first flowers appear in late January. Right now, they are in full bloom on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, and boy are they gorgeous!

The attractive flowers are a vibrant, dark pink and are produced on bare branches just before leaves emerge to create a stunning show. These deciduous trees grow up to 20 feet in height and are equally as wide. They are well-suited for USDA plant hardiness zones 7b to 9a.

Flowering cherries make a great specimen, or accent, tree in the landscape. The tree form is upright, and its arching branching habit makes it perfect for lining a road or driveway.

 

 

 

 

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