The city replaced 33 saplings in the median between the sidewalk and curb on West Osage that had died.

The ornamental trees were part of the West Osage improvement project that widened West Osage and installed new sidewalks.

The project was funded by the city of Pacific, MoDOT and the West Osage community improvement district (CID).

Originally more than 50 young trees were planted, but many died during the 2012 summer drought, officials said.

The replacement trees are Okame cherry trees, considered ideal for the sidewalk project because they only grow 15 to 20 feet high. The ornamental trees are early blooming, offering the first color of spring.

The Okame flowering cherry is among the famous cherry trees that attract visitors to the Washington, D.C., mall each spring. The colorful trees produce a pink flower in the spring and leaves turn yellow, orange and red in the fall.

“They don’t bear fruit and are suitable for street tree installation,” said City Engineer Dan Rahn. “They’re suitable for planting around power lines as they don’t grow exceptionally high.”

Public works crews did the installation, which took about a day to plant all 33 trees.

The trees were purchased through Forest ReLeaf of Missouri under the Project ReLeaf Fall 2013 program, which offers reduced cost trees for neighborhoods, schools, parks, municipalities, churches and nonprofits.