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Flowering Cherry Trees for Your Own Garden

Brian Funk is a landscape designer and master ­gardener. He is also the curator of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and the Japanese Tree Peony Collection at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.


  • Terry April 17, 2020

    Our cherry tree had small holes throughout the trunk. Treated it last year when only lower branches produced blossoms. Now this year there are still only blossoms on lower branches. Should I cut the upper part off this fall?

  • Mary Carroll May 20, 2019

    Is it possible for Wild Cherry Trees to just pop up in your yard? We live in Hawthorne, NJ and out of nowhere (well birds maybe) we have these wild cherry trees (we think that’s what they are) growing in our front yard. They grew overnight into these huge trees. Is that even possible?

  • Ronald Browning April 11, 2019

    My Okame cherry tree has a faint bloom the first of April then the bloom drops off and very small leaves make their appearance throughout the summer. The tree never fully produces a large leaf.  Could it be a fungus or mite retarding the growth?

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