Kwanzan cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan')

Small island in the middle of the sidewalk west of Old Main Map

This ornamental species of cherry is native to Asia where it is used for its spring cherry blossom displays. It is a small deciduous tree with a dense crown reaching a height of 26–39 feet (7.9–12 m). The smooth bark is chestnut-brown, with prominent horizontal lenticels.

Our tree dates from the 1970s. In spring its flamboyant display of pink double flowers justifies its place of honor, in the middle of a much-frequented sidewalk.