I am interested in planting a flowering cherry or crabapple in our
backyard. Do these trees require sun in the winter when they are
dormant or can the spot be shady in the winter as long as the tree gets
sun in the summer? I am looking for a variety that would do well in the
pacific northwest in the 20' - 30'(max) height range. Any
advice/recommendations would be appreciated.
I'm also in the Northwest. These trees can do fine in winter shade, but they
should start to get sun at least by the equinox (third week in March) if
they are to bloom properly and leaf out properly. You can check where the
angle of the sun will be very shortly (third week in september). If you wait
and plant the tree then, you'll ensure that the tree will be in a good
growing environment. At least in my area, these trees will bloom with about
1/2 day of good sun.
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