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
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Planting Site: 
  • Residential and parks
  • Wide median
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Shade
Size Range: 
  • Large tree (more than 40 feet)
  • Medium tree (25-40 feet)
Mature Height: 
40-50 feet
Mature Width: 
40-50 feet
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Acid Soils: 
  • Tolerant
Alkaline Soils: 
  • Moderately Tolerant
Salt Spray: 
  • Moderately Tolerant
Soil Salt: 
  • Tolerant
Drought Conditions: 
  • Intolerant
Poor Drainage: 
  • Intolerant
Planting Considerations: 
  • May be difficult to find in nurseries
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Ornamental Interest: 
  • Spring blossoms
  • Fall color
  • Showy flowers
  • Attractive bark
Season of Interest: 
  • Early spring
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Pink
Shape or Form: 
  • Vase-shaped
Growth Rate: 
  • Moderate
  • Fast
Transplants Well: 
  • Yes
  • Insect pollinators
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