Cherry blossom

blossom of the cherry tree

Japanese cherry blossom or sakura (Japanese kanji and Chinese character: 桜 or 櫻; katakana: サクラ) are cherry trees, Prunus serrulata, and their blossoms. The cherry fruit is from a different species of tree.

Japanese Cherry
Somei Yoshino Sakura
Scientific classification

Prunus jamasakura
Prunus serrulata
Prunus x yedoensis

Cherry trees are a symbol of spring for Japanese people. The word Sakura can also be used as a name for women. The traditional custom of Hanami or Flower viewing involves visiting places where sakura are blooming. Japanese people love cherry blossoms, but they are not the national flower in Japan. Someiyoshino is the most famous type of sakura.

There are about 400 different types of cherry trees.[1] They mutate easily.

Most of the flowers are white or pink with five petals.

A cherry blossom, also known as a Japanese cherry or sakura, is a flower of many trees of genus Prunus or Prunus subgenus.

What do cherry blossoms smell like? Cherry blossoms have a smell, but it's very faint and subtle. The scent features light notes of lilac, rose, and magnolia with a powdery vanilla note and almond-like aromas. The aroma isn't overly sweet, fruity, or floral.[2]

  • Hanafubuki means a scene when the cherry petals are scattered like snow.[3]
  • Cosmos flowers are called Akizakura (autumn cherry blossoms) because the flower's shape is similar to a cherry blossom.


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  3. "Hanafubuki: Cherry Blossom Blizzard in Tokyo". IKIMASHO!. 2016-04-07. Archived from the original on 2021-05-06. Retrieved 2021-05-06.

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