Planting Tree

Yoshino Cherry Trees

A Macon Tradition

William A. Fickling, Sr. started the tradition in 1949 when he noticed a beautiful volunteer tree in his yard, a Yoshino cherry tree.

In 1972, Carolyn Crayton, then Director of Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission, spearheaded the planting of hundreds of these lovely trees in her Wesleyan Woods neighborhood.

Less than 10-years later in l982, the first International Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Since then, thousands of Yoshino Cherry trees are given away or sold during the festival and other events throughout the year.

Planting Your Yoshlno Cherry Tree

  • Plant the trees in late winter.
  • Select a site that is in full-sun or part sun with well alkaline soil.
  • Prepare a planting area 10-times the size of the root ball or at least 12“ deep.
  • Amend the area with organic matter to improve drainage and loosen soil by tilling-in the organic matter.
  • Place the tree in the hole so it’s root ball will be even with the soil line.
  • Back-till the hole with native soil (the soil that was there when preparing the planting area).
  • Water the newly-planted tree well to settle the soil and remove air pockets.
  • Plan a no-mow area extending as far as the drip line to not damage the thin bark trees.
  • Mulch the no-mow area with two-inches of organic material, such as bark or pine straw. Mulch out to the tree’s drip line and mulch a few inches away from the tree trunk.
  • Water the tree regularly during the first year.
  • Fertilize with 10-10-10 in the spring of the second year.
Yoshlno Cherry Tree

Caring for Your Cherry Trees After Planting

Healthy trees can withstand pests and disease better.
  • Water during drought.
  • Fertilize annually with 10-10-10.
  • Check periodically for disease and pests.
  • Prune out diseased twigs and branches.
  • Spray for pests.