Kanzan Cherry

Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’

Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9   View Map
  • Produces an amazing profusion of deep pink double flowers 2½" in diameter from April to early May
  • Features alternating leaves with an ovate to lanceolate shape and serrated margins; often reddish-copper as they emerge, turning dark green by summer and yellow, orange, or bronze in the fall
  • Is a fruitless cultivar
  • Can be planted in containers, along walks and streets, in buffer strips, and can also be used as a bonsai specimen
  • Grows in a vase shape
  • Is sensitive to pollution and other stresses
  • Tends to have a limited life span on 15–25 years

Tree Details



Growth Speed


Scientific Name

Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’

Mature Height

30' - 40'

Mature Spread

30' - 40'

Shipping Height

3' - 4'


The Kanzan cherry is the most popular cultivar of all the double-flowering cherries, thanks to its stunning pink blossoms, good fall color, lack of fruit, and vase-shaped form. It is a splendid specimen that can be planted in containers, along walks and streets, and in buffer strips. The Kanzan cherry can even be used as a bonsai tree.

 While it has a limited lifespan that typically doesn’t exceed 15–25 years, the beauty of this tree makes it well worth planting.

Sun Preference

Full Sun

Soil Preference

Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Drought, Loamy, Sandy, Well Drained, Wet

Wildlife Value

This tree has very low wildlife value because it produces little or no fruit, and what is produced does not persist on the tree.


Named after a mountain in Japan, the Kanzan (Kwanzan) cherry tree is native to China, Japan and Korea. The original name is 'Sekiyama,' but it is rarely used. Introduced to America in 1903, it was made famous by the glorious floral displays at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

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