|Sargent's cherry (Prunus sargentii)|
Prunus sargentii is a deciduous tree that grows 20–40 feet in height. Its crown spreads to a width of 20–40 feet. New growth is a reddish or bronze in color, which changes to shiny dark green. The leaves are obovate and have serrated margins. Leaves are 3–5 in in length and are arranged alternately. In fall, the leaves turn red, orange, or yellow. It grows single pink flowers on 1-in pedicels, which result in purple-black fruit in summer. The fruit is a favorite of birds, but because of their size (small, pea sized) and color, are considered inconspicuous to humans.
P. sargentii is a fast-growing ornamental tree  requiring sun and well-drained soil. The tree can tolerate wind, but not air pollution; it is one of the hardiest cherries, and can be easily transplanted. This makes the tree suitable for use as a street tree. The tree is moderately drought-tolerant.
Native to Japan, the tree was introduced to America and then the United Kingdom in 1908.
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- For cherry blossoms and their cultural significance to the Japanese, see sakura.
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