Japanese Cherry Blossom

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Rosales Rosaceae Prunus Prunus serrulata
  • Common Names: Oriental cherry, Japanese flowering cherry, Sakura.
  • Plant Type: Deciduous tree.
  • Flower Dimensions: Flowers are 1.38 to 2 inches in diameter
  • Colors: White to pinkish-red
  • Flowering Season: Spring (Mid-late March)
  • Places in Japan with Cherry Blossom: Tokyo, Mount Yoshino

Japanese Cherry Blossom Flowers

Cherry blossom is a medium-sized tree that can grow to 15-25 feet. The spread is 4-8 meters. The tree is short-lived (15-20 years).

Japanese Cherry Blossoms

  • It is native to Korea, China, and Japan.
  • The flowers are single, semi-double, or double in form. They can be fragrant or non-fragrant.
  • The leaves are serrated, elliptical, and shiny. The foliage is reddish-brown to bronze during or after flowering. During summer, it becomes dark green. During fall, it becomes bronze, red, and yellow.
  • The bark of the cherry blossom is glossy and smooth, with a reddish to bronze color and prominent lenticels that add attractiveness to the tree during winter.

Interesting facts about the Cherry Blossom

  • Plucking a blossom or a branch can get you arrested in Washington, D. C.
  • The fallen petals of the cherry blossom symbolize the Japanese samurais’ souls who sacrificed their lives for the Emperor.
  • During “Hanami“, countless people in many different locations in Japan have a picnic-style celebration underneath the cherry blossoms. They eat and drink to welcome the arrival of spring.
  • The cherry blossom, the National flower of Japan, symbolizes the transience of life because of its short blooming season.
  • Cherry blossom[1] signifies good luck, Love, and femininity.
Suggested Reading: Different Types of Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“These 20 Weird Facts about Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees Will Make You Feel Instantly Smarter! | LIVE JAPAN travel guide”. Accessed June 05, 2022. Link.


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