Prunus serrulata • Japanese Flowering Cherry • サクラ • 桜 • sakura
We have 4 of these cheerfully flowering in pompon-like flowers each spring in our Orchard area, and several more (bigger, not trimmed and more mature ones) in the picnic area of the parking lot in front of SJG. They always make me think about a 1806 haiku by Kobayashi Issa (translation by David Lanoue):
under the cherry blossoms
From Monrovia: A lovely lawn specimen that puts on an incredible early season show with clusters of large, double deep pink blooms backed by bronzy-red new growth. Upright, vase-shaped branching habit. Deciduous. […]
Design Ideas: Flowering Cherry is among the most beautiful of the spring blossom displays. The consummate tree of the Japanese tea garden and in other Asian landscape compositions. Just as traditional in cottage and country gardens or as common color accents in Washington DC landscapes. This upright Cherry is one of the most reliable for warmer winter regions. Plant as a single specimen, in pairs at entries and gateways, in groves to compound their influence or in regularly spaced rows along driveways or street side.
From wikipedia: Prunus serrulata or Japanese Cherry; also called Hill Cherry, Oriental Cherry or East Asian Cherry, is a species of cherry native to Japan, Korea and China and is used for its spring cherry blossom displays and festivals. […]
Varieties and cultivars– There are several varieties […] Some important cultivars include:
• ‘Amonogawa’. Fastigate Cherry, with columnar habit; flowers semi-double, pale pink.
• ‘Kwanzan’. = ‘Sekiyama’, ‘Kanzan’, or ‘Kansan’. Kanzan Cherry. Flowers pink, double; young leaves bronze-coloured at first, becoming green.
• ‘Kiku-shidare’. Cheal’s Weeping Cherry. Stems weeping; flowers double, pink. Tends to be short-lived.
• ‘Shirofugen’. Flowers double, deep pink at first, fading to pale pink.
• ‘Shirotae’. Mt. Fuji Cherry. Very low, broad crown with nearly horizontal branching; flowers pure white, semi-double.
• ‘Tai Haku’. Great White Cherry. Flowers single, white, very large (up to 8 cm diameter); young leaves bronze-coloured at first, becoming green.