The stunning Cherry Blossom is the emblem of the spring season.
They have a distinct appearance, adorned with pretty pink flowers, easily making them one of the most beautiful trees in the world.
But have you ever wondered about the history and symbolism of the famous Cherry Blossom? Prepared to be blown away by these interesting facts about this lavish spectacle!
1. The Flower Petals Are Edible
If you’ve ever had the chance to taste Japanese desserts, there is a big possibility that this sweet-looking flower was one of the ingredients! Cherry blossom pets are actually edible and commonly used to create a variety of delicacies and teas in Japan.
2. There’s a Japanese Tradition to Picnicking Under the Cherry Blossom Tree
This Japanese tradition, known as Hanami, dates back to emperors who used to lie under this stunning tree’s shade. For what exactly, we have yet to find out! Now you have an added reason to picnic under this glorious springtime bloom.
3. U.S. Cherry Blossoms Go Way Back to 1912
Japan sent the Cherry Blossom to the U.S. in 1912 and they responded by sending back the flowering dogwood in 1915. These exchanges were made as peace offerings between the two nations.
4. Cherry Blossoms Are A Symbol of Renewal
The beautiful cherry blossom is actually a symbol of renewal and since it comes in springtime, it is closely reflective of the concept of regeneration and rebirth, ‘Sukura’ in Japanese. However, it is also symbolic of the fleeting nature of life, owing to its short blooming period.
5. There’s a Penalty for Breaking a Blossom
The next time you are tempted to pluck a cherry blossom, think again! You can actually get arrested for breaking a blossom in Washington D.C. as it is considered vandalism of federal property. You can admire them from afar, but don’t dare to pick one for yourself!
6. Millions of People Visit Washington To See The Cherry Blossom
We all have an idea of the Cherry Blossom’s raging popularity, but this statistic will blow you away! An astounding number of 1.5 million people visit Washington D.C. every year to experience the live beauty of the Cherry Blossom.
7. Georgia is the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World
Interestingly, neither D.C. nor Japan have been heralded as the Cherry Blossom capital of the world. Instead, the title is rewarded to Macon, Georgia, which is home to a whopping 300,000 Yoshino cherry blossom trees.
8. There are over 200 Varieties of Cherry Blossom
While we are just familiar with the distinct pink cherry blossom tree, there are over 200 varieties! The most popular type of Cherry Blossom tree is the Somei Yoshino.
9. There is a Cherry Blossom Ice Cream
If you are tempted to try out the edible cherry blossom, simply head to Baskin Robbins. This popular ice-cream chain has a cherry blossom flavored pink ice cream that reportedly contains real cherry blossom leaves – you’ll just have to try it to find out whether that’s true!
10. Cherry Blossoms Aren’t Always Pink
Sorry to burst your bubble, but not all Cherry Blossoms are pink! With over 200 varieties, what did you expect? The Takesimensis variety is actually white and is a common tree in the U.S. Other blossoms gradually change color; they often appear green and then go white before taking on the beautiful pink color.
11. Peak Bloom is Around April 4
Although the peak bloom season may vary, it is most commonly around April 4th. So now you know when to keep a lookout for this stunning tree! This bloom lasts for about 14 days, so you can schedule your visit accordingly to catch the tree in all its glory.
12. They Can Be Very, Very Tall
The cherry blossom knows no bounds. The average cherry blossom tree maybe somewhere between 20 feet and 40 feet with canopies that may tower between 15 and 30 feet. Wild cherry blossom trees can grow up to an alarming height of 80 feet!
13. Hanami Picnics Are A Sight to Behold At Night
If you’re planning to visit Japan, don’t forget to schedule a Hanami, or picnic under the Cherry Blossom Tree at night. It is common for the Japanese to hang paper lanterns in the cherry trees, illuminating them in the most beautiful way. This makes for breathtaking pictures under this lighted tree.
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