Prunus sargentii

Sargent Cherry




  • native to Japan
  • hardy to zone 5

Habit and Form

  • a deciduous tree
  • 25' to 40' tall
  • equal spread
  • vase-shaped crown, dense
  • medium texture
  • rapid growth rate

Summer Foliage

  • alternate leaf arrangement
  • simple, deciduous leaves
  • serrate margins
  • obovate leaf shape
  • 3" to 5" long
  • purplish new growth
  • glaucescent leaf underside
  • dark green leaf color

Autumn Foliage

  • yellow, orange, or red fall color
  • showy


  • single, pink flowers
  • up to 1.5" in diameter
  • blooms in early May
  • borne in umbels
  • showy


  • red to black drupe
  • 0.5" in diameter
  • attracts birds
  • matures in mid summer
  • not ornamentally important


  • reddish, shiny bark
  • looks polished
  • horizontal lenticels
  • stems are glabrous and reddish brown


  • full sun to part shade
  • soil tolerant
  • moderately drought tolerant

Landscape Use

  • specimen
  • massing or grouping
  • buffer strip
  • parking lot
  • shade tree


  • caterpillars

ID Features

  • deciduous tree
  • alternate leaf arrangement
  • serrate leaf margins
  • single, pink flowers
  • glaucescent leaf underside
  • reddish, shiny bark with horizontal lenticels


  • by cuttings
  • by seed


'Columnaris' - This is an upright-fastigiate form that grows to 35' tall with a spread of 15'. 'Rancho' supposedly grows even more narrowly, to 30' tall and only 10' wide, but these two cultivars may be the same.

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Citation and Acknowledgements: University of Connecticut Plant Database,, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.