When you think of Cherry Blossoms the word Sakura comes to mind. A Pretty pink flower that is great for selfies. It is a symbol of Japan. These assumptions or correct, however, they do not give to the entire picture of Cherry Blossoms. Sakura does not refer to a single type of flower. The word actually refers to the variety of flowers. Below is a list of the 10 Types of Cherry Blossoms
- Somei Yoshino
Japan is home to around 200 varieties fo sakura. There are wild and cultivated kinds. This list will focus on the more common flowers in Japan. If you spot them in the wild, tag us on social. The variations, as you will see, are different in color, shape, and size.
The Somei Yoshino Cherry Blossom starts blooming in
Yamazakura is usually the most widely known around the world. It is a wild cherry blossom. They are also known as Hill Cherry because they are more common in Japan’s mountains. Yamazakura can be seen generally between March and April in the Kanto area and the blossom at the same time as the leaves.
These trees are referred to as the Weeping Cherry. Pretty obvious. 🙂 They have a distinct characteristic of having their branches droop over. They are also the official flower for Kyoto which is the original capital of Japan. They bloom before the Somei Yoshino. In Fukushima, there is a famous tree known as the Miharu Takizakura or the Miharu Waterfall Cherry Tree. This Shidarezakua tree has grown for over 1,000 years and is one of the five great cherry trees in Japan.
Ichiyou means one leaf. There
If you thought cherry blossoms were exclusive to mainland Japan, think again. On the island of Okinawa, they have a special kind of Sakura known to the island specifically. Though the Kanhizakura does not look like your typical Sakura tree, it is celebrated on Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, Vietnam, China, and Taiwan, as well. The Kanhizakura can bloom as early as January.
The translation means “chrysanthemum cherry blossom.” The reason is for their uncanny resemblance to the Japanese Kiku or chrysanthemum flower. They have the appearance of a cheerleading pop-pom that
A Ukon Sakura has a yellow hue to it. They are the exception to the rule of being pink. The word Ukon is the Japanese word for turmeric. Yes, the spice that is popular in indian curry that gives it that yellow color.
Fun Note, it is also used in the Japanese hangover prevention remedy you can find at a 7/11 in Japan.
Here is a site with some more facts about Cherry Blossoms