Planting Yoshino flowering cherry trees can be tricky if you do not know what you are doing. This is why it is advised to do a bit of research before planting these fruit trees. Of the most important conditions to be taken into consideration, is the soil condition. Yoshino flowering cherry trees can grow in almost any soil type such as loam, sand and clay soil as long as there is proper drainage for the plants to survive. Poor water drainage can be simply corrected by fertilizing the soil with peat, sand and even garden soil. You may check the drainage of your soil by pouring a pail of water on the soil, if the water does not seep into the soil quickly, then you have a water drainage problem.
Next, you want to consider the temperature of the soil and air as well as the exposure to sunlight for growth. These cherry trees should be planted in hardiness zones 5 through to 8 as they do not due well with late frosts, extreme heat and strong winds. However, they require full sun to grow and cannot be grown partially or fully in the shade. If there is no full sun, the canopies of the Yoshino flowering cherry trees will not bloom well and will grow uneven, making it hard to correct even if pruned constantly. So do not plant them close to buildings, fences and walls that will shade them from the sun.
Otherwise than this, they require very little pruning and shaping. Just do your part by planting them in an area where all the parts of the tree will be exposed to full sun and you will not have to worry about pruning often. Pruning will take form once you want to control the growth, creating an aesthetic appeal. If you need to prune, cut all dead, damaged or lopsided branches. Damaged branches may appear to be disease infested or simply a result of a heavy wind or storm.
The last point to consider was mentioned earlier, and that was fertilizing Yoshino flowering cherry trees but this was in relation to correcting poor soil drainage. Other than this condition, these trees still need to be fertilized as fertilization promotes healthy and rapid growth. They can be fertilized in early spring with peat moss or 10-10-10 fertilizer found at your local garden store. Make sure to adhere to the instructions on the packet so as not to burn the trees. Happy growing!