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10 Things About Japan’s Cherry Blossoms You Probably Didn’t Know

It should come as no surprise that the beloved and most awaited cherry blossom season is one of the most popular time for Japan, with many domestic and international travellers flying from all over the world just to catch the beautiful blush tinted blooms.

Besides its name, colour and probably origin, what else do you know about these gorgeous flowers? Here are 10 facts about cherry blossoms that you might be surprised to find out!

Couple hug cherry blossom tree

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1) Significance of Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossom has held great importance for Japan for many centuries. Due to its short blooming periods, it signifies the fragility and fleeting nature of life.  It is also a renewal of hope as it is a symbolic beginning of spring.

pink cherry blossoms

2) Cherry Blossom Blooming Periods

Cherry blossoms usually start to bloom in the Southern regions from Okinawa around January or February, before progressing towards the Northern regions. The blooming period is typically around two weeks before the blossoms start to fall.

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kimono couple cherry blossom

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3) Different Types of Blossoms

Not every pink flower you see is a cherry blossom! You might come across cherry blossoms with slight variations in colour and petals thinking that they’re all the same, whereas in reality you are confused by the different subspecies. Here are certain features that differentiate cherry, plum and peach blossoms.

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cherry plum and peach blossoms differences
From Left to Right: Plum, Peach, Cherry Blossom
Credit: So Japan

Cherry Blossoms

  • Appearance: Oval Petal with cleft
  • Colour: Pink, White
  • Fragrance: Very light scent
  • Blooming Period: Late March
  • Branch: Blooms in multiple clusters with long stems

Plum Blossoms

  • Appearance: Round Petal
  • Colour: Pink, White, Dark Red
  • Fragrance: Sweet scent
  • Blooming Period: Mid-February
  • Branch: Blooms directly on branches

Peach Blossoms

  • Appearance: Tear Drop/Pointed Petal
  • Colour: Pale Pink with magenta centre
  • Fragrance: Sweet scent
  • Blooming Period: Mid-March
  • Branch: Blooms in pairs with short stems

4) Cherry Blossoms are Japan’s Unofficial National Flower

While cherry blossoms are such symbolic cultural icons of Japan, it only serves as the unofficial national flower of Japan. The Yellow Chrysanthemum is said to be the official flower of Japan.

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5) The Japanese Tradition of Hanami and Yozakura

Hanami (花見) is a term especially used for the Japanese traditional custom of cherry blossom viewing. Yozakura, on the other hand, represents Hanami at night, also known as “Night Sakura” (夜桜).

kimono couple cherry blossom

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6) Cherry Blossoms are Beautiful and Edible

Cherry blossoms and its leaves are used in several Japanese sweets like sakuramochi and brewed as sakura tea. Brands like Pepsi, Coke, Starbucks, Kit Kat and Pocky have come up with sakura flavoured drinks and snacks.

kit kat cherry blossom
cherry blossom starbucks
Couple smiling under cherry blossom tree

7) Cherry Blossoms belong to the Rose Family

Cherry blossoms belong to the Rose family, Rosaceae including 4,828 known species including roses apples, peaches, pears and plums.

couple under cherry blossom tree

8) Cherry Blossoms Appear On 100-Yen Coins

Cherry Blossoms are so deeply rooted in the Japanese culture that it is engraved into the 100-yen coins.

100yen japan coin
bride in bridal gown under cherry blossom tree

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9) The Oldest Cherry Blossom Tree is about 2000 years old

Jindai Zakura (神代桜) is believed to be about 1800 – 2000 years old. It is not only Japan’s oldest cherry blossom tree but also one of the oldest trees in Japan.  Most cherry blossom trees live only 30 to 40 years.

bride in bridal gown under cherry blossom tree

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10) Cherry Blossom Trees Bear Fruits

Most ornamental cherry blossom trees are bred for their beautiful blossoms for Hanami purposes rather than its edible fruits. In fact, all varieties of cherry blossom trees produce small, unpalatable fruit and edible cherries.

couple cherry blossom hug

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