Prunus sargentii
Common name: 
Sargent Cherry
PROO-nus sar-JEN-te-i
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous tree, 20-30(75) ft [6-9(23) m] high, nearly equal spread, reddish brown stem, prominent horizontal lenticels.  Leaves alternate, simple, sharply serrated, 7.5-13 cm long, about half as wide, elliptic-obovate, purplish or bronzy when unfolding, red or bronze in fall.  Flowers, single, pink, 3-4 cm wide, in 2-6 flowered clusters (umbels) on pedicels 2.5-3 cm long.  Fruit ovoid, purple-black, about 1 cm long, bitter.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (3b) 4, one of the hardiest of the Oriental cherries.    Native to northern Japan, introduced 1890.
  • Two popular selections:
    • 'Columnaris'  -   a narrow, upright, vase-shaped form
    • 'Rancho'  -  narrower than 'Columnaris' with and upright habit, 25 ft tall by 10 ft wide (8 x 4.5 m).
  • sargentii: after Charles Sargent (1841-1927), first director of the Arnold Arboretum.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast corner of Memorial Union Quad.
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  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • flowering branches

    flowering branches

  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

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