LOST: Japanese Flowering Kwanzan Cherry Tree - September 2023
Add two trees. Take one away. That's what has happened recently with the addition of the pair of Kousa Dogwood trees along the garage wall (pre-espalier). And now...the documenting of losing one of the original trees that I planted when we bought our lot: a Kwanzan Flowering Cherry Tree.
Before we moved in, we planted five trees: a dawn redwood (Died and replaced), a Chanticleer Pear Flowering Tree (in the back, between the tree swing tree and the Hornbeams. Still alive). A pair of Greenspire Linden trees that I've espaliered. Still alive. And this Japanese Flowering Cherry tree. Now dead). After we moved in, I planted a Corkscrew Willow (dead) and a Crimson King Maple (also dead).
That first year, our landscaper planted two trees: a Saucer Magnolia and a Flowering Pear Tree. The first of which died, but was replaced.
All-up, that means that first year (2017), we planted: 9 trees. 5 of which (now) died. Three were not replaced (Willow, Flowering Cherry, Crimson King Maple). Four survived from original planting (Greenspire Lindens, Saucer Magnolia, backyard Flowering Pear). Two of which have been replaced (Redwood and Driveway Flowering Cherry).
That leaves six of the nine 2017 trees alive: (replaced) Driveway Flowering Pear, Backyard Flowering Pear, Saucer Magnolia, (replaced) Dawn Redwood and two Greenspire Lindens.
Here's what the Japanese Kwanzan Flwering Cherry tree looks like now: dead and empty. No leaves and brittle, dry limbs:
Our Kwanzan Flowering Cherry tree bloomed pink blooms in 2018. Skipped 2019, but then bloomed again in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
I'd like to replace this tree - perhaps with a different variety like this Pink Flair Cherry tree from itrees or maybe even give the Kwanzan another try - perhaps near the patio. The Morton Arboretum recommends two cultivars - Kwanzan (Kazan or Kanzan) and Royal Burgundy Flowering Cherry. From the Morton Arboretum:
They also have a number of Sargent's Cherry trees planted (including a columnar version), so that's a third option - despite it not having the same style of blooms (less peony-looking). It does tolerate 'part shade' - which might be better for our garden. More on the columnar version - Prunus sargentii 'Columnaris' here. All of these can go on my 'tree wish list' for next year and beyond.
I'm thinking this Cherry Blossom Tree exploration deserves a stand-alone post. To be continued...
This is the first 'lost tree' that I've documented this year. Lowering the total of alive trees from 65 to 64.
We (now) have 64 of 91 trees that we've planted. 70.3% success rate over seven years.
91 trees planted/7 growing seasons = 13 trees on average planted each season
64 trees alive/7 growing seasons = 9.14 trees on average survive each season.
1. Flowering Pear in backyard on north side.
4 and 5: 2 Lindens that I espalier'd and placed by the south fence line near our kitchen windows.
6. A Dawn Redwood from Earth Day 2017
7. Nat's Saucer Magnolia in our front yard
2018 (17 planted. 6 Dead):
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. These Frans Fontaine Hornbeams.
22. A replacement Chanticleer Pear tree (3" caliper) out front by our garage
25. Our replanted/replacement Dawn Redwood. Same spot as the first.
26. This teeny-tiny Bald Cypress that I planted in the front yard, in between our driveway and our neighbor to the north.
33. My new Weeping White Spruce that will only grow about 4' wide placed near the fence line alongside the espalier'd Lindens.
46. A small Northern Red Oak tree - our first Oak tree planted.
47. A 'decapitated' Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud that I planted on a whim.
49. A tall(ish) London Plane tree that suffered some transplant and frost shock, but seemed to recover.
1. [This says 'planted', but there are two volunteers on here that aren't 'technically' planted in 2023, I just counted them in 2023.]↩