Prunus sargentii Rosaceae
Sargent Cherry PROO-nus sar-JEN-te-i
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, 20-30(75) ft [6-9(23) m] high, nearly equal spread, reddish brown stem, prominent horizontal lenticels. Leaves alternate, simple, sharply serrated, 7.5-13 cm long, about half as wide, elliptic-obovate, purplish or bronzy when unfolding, red or bronze in fall. Flowers, single, pink, 3-4 cm wide, in 2-6 flowered clusters (umbels) on pedicels 2.5-3 cm long. Fruit ovoid, purple-black, about 1 cm long, bitter.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (3b) 4, one of the hardiest of the Oriental cherries. Native to northern Japan, introduced 1890.
- Two popular selections:
- 'Columnaris' is a narrow, upright, vase-shaped form.
- 'Rancho' is narrower than 'Columnaris' with and upright habit, 25 ft tall by 10 ft wide (8 x 4.5 m).
- sargentii: after Charles Sargent (1841-1927), first director of the Arnold Arboretum.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast corner of Memorial Union Quad.