Cherry Blossoms Show Spring is Here

October 17, 2016
A close-up of the Japanese cherry tree blossoms

A close-up of the Japanese cherry tree blossoms

Prunus serrulata is the botanical name for the traditional Japanese flowering cherry tree. It grows quickly up to 10 metres, has a dome shape and branches with a spreading habit. See the picture below.

A cherry tree covered with blossom looks like a cloud in the garden.

A cherry tree covered with blossom looks like a cloud in the garden.

To the right, some Japanese celebrate the blooming  of  cherry blossom with a festive picnic, Sakura,  under the cherry blossom trees .

To the right, some Japanese celebrate the blooming of
cherry blossom with a festive picnic, Sakura, under the cherry blossom trees .

The festival of Sakura started by the Imperial family between 710 to 794 AD when Nara was the capital of Japan.The Samari adopted it and soon common people followed suit.

A"cloud" of cherry blossom in Katherine Mansfield Memorial Park, Wellington

A”cloud” of cherry blossom in Katherine Mansfield Memorial Park, Wellington

The cherry trees in the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Park were donated by Wellington’s sister city, Sakai. Japanese gardeners select cherry trees so they don’t blossom all at the same time. Instead the trees are planted to flower in sequence, providing a continuous display of the blooms. This way, people can enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossom for a longer time.

Cherry blossom makes a great background in a photo. Author Ann Russell with illustrator, Lara Frizzell.

Cherry blossom makes a great background in a photo. Author Ann Russell with illustrator, Lara Frizzell.