In the Castellum park there are beautiful Japanese ornamental cherries (Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’) that were planted in the sixties. Six of the trees were in bad condition and were dug up last winter. During ‘Boomfeestdag’ on 16 March the six replacement Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’ 30-35 cm were festively planted by local residents. Alderman Kees Geldof lent a helping hand and was responsible for the official launch of the project (http://leidsche-rijn.nieuws.nl/2016/03/16/nationale-boomfeestdag).
Depending on the condition of the trees, others may be replaced in the coming years. In addition to supplying the trees, planting and caring for them for the next three years is also part of the whole project. The company Copijn is our partner in these activities (www.copijn.nl).
Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’ forms a broad, vase-shaped crown that becomes even broader with age. The tree is done justice to in parks and green spaces. The tree forms an attractive avenue on green verges along roads with a broader road profile. The tree flowers in April-May with beautiful full pink flowers. It is certainly worth visiting the Castellum park during this period.
The cultivar is not suited for planting in locations that are too damp. The tree prefers highly permeable soil.