TREES & plants

Sargent’s cherry

 Sargent's cherry is one of the hardier, more adaptable and attractive trees for the Midwest. Beautiful pink flowers in early spring, shiny green foliage turns a bronze to red in fall. 

Botanical name: 
Prunus sargentii
All Common Names: 
Sargent’s cherry
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Tree
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Pink
Size Range: 
  • Medium tree (25-40 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Round
  • Upright
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Shade
Time of Year: 
  • Early spring
More Information: 

Size & Form

A dense, vase-shaped 30 to 40 foot high and wide ornamental tree

Tree & Plant Care

Full sun to part shade,
Best in well-drained soil, pH adaptable, moderately drought tolerant
Tolerant of windy sites but not air pollution

Native geographic location and habitat

Japan and Korea

Bark color and texture 

Attractive reddish to chestnut brown shiny bark aging to gray

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Alternate, simple, deciduous leaves with serrate margins
bovate leaf shape, 3 to 5 inches long
Purplish new growth turns dark green in summer then to a bronze to red fall color

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Showy, single pink flowers up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

A 1/2 inch red to black drupe matures in mid-summer.
Attracts birds
Not ornamentally important