Forget for a moment that the notion that America’s long-standing history with the beautiful Cherry Blossom Tree involves our first president chopping down one of these lovely specimens as a young child. Whether that account is fable or fact, we Americans cannot deny our deep-rooted devotion to this beloved tree.
At the turn of the 20th century, the mayor of Tokyo offered a gesture of friendship to the American people by bestowing us 3,000 sakura (Cherry Blossom Trees) to our nation’s capitol. Fast-forward about a hundred years, and you will still see this gesture celebrated each year for two weeks in April at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. At this time, the streets of Washington D.C. are literally carpeted in a blanket of delicate pastel pink, crimson and white flower petals.
So, what’s so special about the Cherry Blossom Tree? Take one look at the flowers on our Pink Weeping Cherry Tree and the answer will be quite apparent–these blossoms, in their varying shades of pale pink and crimson are graceful and wispy, and appear to be spraying out of the tree trunk like a blushing cascade of color.
And if that’s not enough to convince you of America’s love affair with the Cherry Blossom Tree, consider our showy Kwanzan Cherry Tree with its clusters of fuchsia blossoms that gives the appearance that the tree is covered in miniature roses. If you love flowers, the Cherry Blossom Tree is a flowering superstar that becomes the centerpiece in your garden.
And what’s not to love? Cherry Blossom trees are relatively fast growing. They are hardy, easy to grow, and enjoy full sun best, but will tolerate partial shade. Plant one as a dramatic focal point or several around a patio or terrace, and you’ll find it provides aromatic and aesthetically pleasing décor all wrapped up in one glorious tree.
Remember, these deciduous trees are as eye-catching in the fall with their fiery bronze leaves as they are in the spring, when you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood with your ornamental Yoshino Cherry Tree blanketed in snow white blossoms.
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