American Nurseryman Magazine - Horticulture Magazine and Horticulture Books - Pink Flair® cherry - February, 2013 - DEPARTMENTS

American Nurseryman Magazine - Horticulture Magazine and Horticulture Books - February, 2013

DEPARTMENTS

Field Notes: Pink Flair® cherry



Name:

Prunus sargentii 'JFS-KW58'

Common name:

Pink Flair cherry

Hardiness:

Zone 3b

Mature height:

25 feet

Mature spread:

15 feet

Classification:

Flowering tree

Landscape Use:

As a specimen to highlight its four seasons of interest; as a street tree and suitable for placement beneath power lines

Ornamental Characteristics:

Fragrant, bright pink, single flowers bloom in clusters in spring; clean, dark green foliage remains healthy looking through the heat and drought of summer; brilliant orange-red fall color is consistently bright; sturdy form and polished, dark brown bark provide winter appeal


Courtesy of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Hitting all the right notes for four seasons of interest, Prunus sargentii 'JFS-KW58' (Pink Flair® cherry) heralds the arrival of spring with big clusters of fragrant, bright pink single flowers. By flowering a week or two later than is typical of the species, frost damage is avoided.

Selected for exceptionally healthy, deep green foliage, the leaves of this unique flowering cherry stay clean and fresh despite wet, cold spring weather. Excellent dark green leaves cast cool shade throughout the season. It's ready to stand up to summer's challenges: Superior heat and drought tolerance have been proved by more than 10 years of performance trials in Southeastern states.

Orange-red fall color is consistently bright, regardless of geography. Polished brown bark, accented by creamy tan lenticels, and an upright, symmetrical form provide winter appeal. An exceptional cold hardiness rating of USDA Zone 3b was earned after more than a decade of testing at North Dakota State University (Zone 3) growing trials in Fargo. It appears to be the most cold hardy cultivar among Japanese cherries.

Its narrowly upright, vase-shaped form makes it a great fit for urban landscapes as it grows to a height of about 25 feet with a spread of about 15 feet. Pink Flair's compact size and form, as well as its tolerance of challenging heat and drought conditions, recommend it for J. Frank Schmidt's UtiliTrees program. To qualify, trees must be suited for planting in the restricted zone between street and sidewalk, and beneath utility lines. Pedestrian-friendly branching must be compact or vase-shaped to allow for pruning without destroying the shape of the tree. Disease and pest resistant, cultivars that qualify as UtiliTrees are tolerant of varied soils, climates and urban growing conditions, and require minimal maintenance. This describes Pink Flair cherry to a tee.

Nancy Buley

Communications Director

J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Boring, Ore.

nancyb@jfschmidt.com