Afghan cherry has a bush habit and can reach 6 to
10 feet tall.
you sit by the fire contemplating new trees and shrubs
for the landscape, I would like to suggest the Afghan
cherry as a possibility. There is a chance you see them
in the neighborhood and are never really sure what this
plant is that has caught your attention.
dazzling bush cherry will leave you speechless with its
beauty. If you love the Yoshino, Kwanzan or the Taiwan
cherry, then this little cousin from Afghanistan will
make an excellent addition to the spring garden. It is
also native to Pakistan, India and Tibet.
speaking it is known as Prunus jacquemontii and is cold
hardy from zones 6-9. It can reach 6 to 10 feet tall and
as wide though most I have seen are in the 4 to 5-foot
range. We grew them at the Coastal Georgia Botanical
Garden, and you couldnít help but revel in the beauty.
large stems of fragrant hot pink flowers erupting in an
almost fireworks type display and growing as a partner
with a Thomasville citrangequat loaded with fruit. It is
a riotous color combination.
trait that I treasure is the parade of honeybees that
are attracted to the most beautiful blooms imaginable.
Pollinators arenít needed, and birds will relish any
of the tiny fruit that may form.
winter to early spring is a great time to plant two or
three bush cherries in your landscape. Space the small
trees about 8 to 10 feet apart or from other spring
blooming trees like redbuds and dogwoods.
all Prunus species drainage is imperative. If your
drainage is the least suspect incorporate 4 to 6 inches
of organic matter to help loosen the soil and allowing
water to freely permeate and transition away from the
root zone. The planting hole should be wider than the
rootball but no deeper. Wide holes allow for the best
root expansion and establishment. Apply and maintain a
good layer of mulch after planting.
species are typically among the early bloomers of the
landscape, and the Afghan cherry will certainly comply.
Youíll definitely want it in the spring landscape with
flowering quince, forsythia, spirea, and azalea.
Daffodils and saucer magnolias will partner well with
this harbinger of spring.
you are located near water like a pond or small lake,
plant where the cherry blossoms can reflect off the
water. Be ready to photograph this spectacular blooming
are many varietal selections with Sweet Pink considered
one of the best. Youíll also find several hybrids
where the Afghan cherry was a parent. Hopefully, you
live in an area with progressive garden centers either
will have them in inventory or will get them for you. I
hope youíll choose the Afghan cherry to help your
spring have a long and colorful season.