How much do you know about kind of cherry blossoms? This is the list of 4 cherry blossoms you can see in Japan.

  • In Japan, spring season is also known for the season of sakura(cherry blossom trees). If you visit Japan in spring, you can see them almost everywhere. However, no one knows that there are more than 40 kinds of cherry blossoms. Some are very alike, and some are completely different from our imagination. Today I will introduce some kinds of cherry blossom that most Japanese is familiar with.

    1 Someiyoshino

    It is the most popular cherry blossom, which make up about eighty per cent of total amount. There are five petals in each bunch. The colour is white or pale pink. Somei Yoshino plants throughout Japan so there’s nothing you prepare to enjoy this cherry blossoms. It start blooming from mid-March and petals start to fall away about two weeks after they bloomed.

    Japanese notation:染井吉野(ソメイヨシノ)

    2 Shidarezaakura

    They start blooming one or two weeks after Somei Yoshino began to flower. There are some variety of this species, have different shape or colour, some with vivid pink petals and some with pale pink or white. The most characteristic thing is their branches are drooping. Most of their trees are huge. Some reach 15 metres. To see this cherry blossom in Japan, you should visit “Maruyama-kouen park” located in Kyoto. You may not imagine how beautiful is this tree when it fully lighted up at night.

    Japanese notation:枝垂れ桜(シダレザクラ)

    3 Yaezakura

    Yaezakura, often called “Satozakura”, also has some variety. The big difference between other cherry blossoms is their bunches. These flowers have lots of petals so that you cannot realise this spices belongs to cherry blossoms. The most well-known one is called Kenrokuen-kikuzakura, which has more than 300 petals in one bunch as this picture shows. The season of this cherry blossom is from late-April to Mid-May.

    Japanese notation:八重桜(ヤエザクラ)

    4 Yamazakura

    They flowers with russet leaves though other species blooms less or without leaves. It is autogenous species and glows mainly in wild area so you have to visit suburban area to see them. But it is worth to visit because the scnenery is very different from ordinary one (you can see the mixture of white and russet and white colour).

    Japanese notation:山桜(ヤマザクラ)