Choose these fruit trees to add color to your garden

A Taiwan cherry tree in the Chain of Parks blossoms Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.

There are few trees as showy in bloom as flowering cherries and plums. Covered in pink or white flowers, these trees are often the first to bloom and signal that spring is near. Many species of flowering cherries are widely used in northern areas but most are not well adapted to North Florida. However, there are a few flowering cherries and plums that can tolerate this region’s heat and humidity.

The best flowering cherries and plums for our area are shared below by Dr. Gary Knox, Horticulture Specialist with UF/IFAS.

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Taiwan Cherry (Prunus campanulata) is the best pink flowering cherry for our area. Native to China, Taiwan Cherry grows as a slender tree up to 25 feet tall. It produces carmine-rose flowers in late winter. Flowers can be showy for 3 weeks if freezes don’t damage them.

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