Cherry Blossoms Show Spring is Here
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.
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.
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.