Blooming Cherry Trees Mark the Start of Spring in Portland

Blooming Cherry Trees Mark the Start of Spring in Portland

It is a tiny bit early this year, but the groves of cherry trees are blooming all across Portland. Nothing says spring like when the Japanese Historical Plaza is in full bloom. The plaza is surely packed with both professional and ametuer photographers all trying to capture the beauty of the plaza that Portland has become so well known for. Cherry trees grow particularly well in Portland and have a lengthy history attached. In fact, the cherry trees at Tom McCall Waterfront park are having their 25th year anniversary this spring.

Cherry Trees at the Japanese Historical Plaza

Dedicated on August 3, 1990, this memorial recognizes Japanese immigrants and native-born U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who were deported to internment camps during World War II. The artwork found at the plaza tells the story of Japanese people in the Pacific Northwest. Of particular beauty are 100 ornamental cherry trees to the north of the plaza.

Cherry Trees are Perfect for Portland

The Pacific Northwest is an ideal climate for growing cherries having a similar latitude to that of Japan. Both sweet and tart cherries are available – depending on your preference. Keep in mind it will take about 4 years for a tree to begin producing cherries, a dwarf tree only 3. When it does begin to produce, expect 30 – 50 quarts from a regular tree and 10-15 quarts from a dwarf cherry tree. Choose a sunny place in the yard, that has good air circulation and deep, well drained soil.

After waiting 3-4 very patient years, wait just a little longer. The last few days on the tree make the cherry so much sweeter. Don’t pick until the color is fully developed – red, yellow, or black.

One big distinction when considering a cherry tree is tart versus sweet cherries. In addition to personal preference – tart cherries are self-fertile and will set fruit alone. Sweet cherries need a second compatible cultivar for pollination. Some sweet cherries can’t pollinate other specific cultivars, so double check before you plant. If you can only plant one tree, buy one grafted with two cultivars, or try a self-fertile cultivar.

ArborPro Knows Cherry Trees and More

We are experts in all types of trees, fruit bearers or not. If you need help planning your cherry trees, or other fruit trees – let us show you how to create a produce department right in your yard. If you just like seeing cherry trees in bloom, head downtown this weekend before the blooms are over!


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