Few ornamental trees pack the punch that Prunus serrulata or Kwanzan cherry does in the spring. This small Japanese cherry is regularly rife with beautiful double pink blossoms for almost two weeks in early spring. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to first see the explosion of pink. Once in full bloom, the tree stands as almost an umbrella of dangling blossoms.
Kwanzan cherries are fairly trouble free compared to other cherries and often show very nice red fall color. Hardy to zone five, they can brighten even the smallest Chicago yard.