Japanese gardens in spring are always surrounded by so many beautiful flowers that it can sometimes be easy to mistake any pink flowers you happen to spot as the famous cherry blossom (sakura). But this is not always the case, there are certain features that differentiate the cherry, plum, and peach blossoms among all the other pink petals you will see across the country. Let’s take a closer look!
The easiest way to spot the difference between a cherry, plum or peach flower is by observing the petal’s natural shape. Cherry blossoms have a unique cleft at the tip of their petals which add to their pretty features and increasing popularity.
Plum blossoms, on the other hand, have rounded petals while peach blossoms have tear-drop shaped petals.
Even though all three beautiful spring flowers have pink petals, there are a few subtle differences that help make them easy to tell apart. Cherry and plum blossoms also have flowers with white petals too. However, the most common plum blossoms flower has petals that are a shade of purple, and in some cases a darker shade which makes the plum blossoms easier to identify from the rest. Peach blossoms, on the other hand, have petals that are a shade of pale pink with a deep magenta center.
Another easy way to tell the three beautiful blossoms apart is how they’re attached to the tree.
- Cherry blossoms have long stems that attach them to the branch from a single bud.
- Plum blossoms grow out from the branch itself and literally have no stems.
- Peach blossoms have shorter stems which have two flowers sprouting from the same branch.
So hopefully, there’s no more confusion now around the three beautiful blossoms that pop up in spring across Japan, and you’ll be able to identify them easily and educate your family and friends around their differences too! Make sure you enjoy spring and all the beautiful flowers in bloom at the moment.