When I left my homeland, two of my bucket list wishes came true. One is to travel to a four-season country and the other one is to see the famous Cherry Blossom Tree. Image

I waited for mid-April to see them bloom. Guess what? Once I saw them, my mind can’t stop producing gazillions of curious brain cells! It’s really a puzzling-magnificent-tree.

Q#1: Why is it called Cherry Blossom Tree?

So I figured out that the only way to satisfy this hunger of curiosity is to ask Dr. Google. Hahahahaha! Here’s some of the answers:

  1. they smell like cherries…
  2. in Japan go by the name of sakura and carry a great cultural meaning and significance for the people of Japan. The word sakura would translate as the Japanese flowering cherry tree in English whereas the blossoms are referred to as cherry blossoms….

 

Q#2: Why do the flowers grow on the branches and not leaves?

“Blossom trees typically form blooms first. After the blooms are full, dark green or brown leaves appear on the tree. With later blooming trees, the leaves appear first, followed by the blooms.”

So this means that after they show their full bloom and magnificent cloud-like flowers, it will all fall and change a normal tree which has leaves!

Q#3: Do Cherry Blossom Trees bear cherries?

  • The cherry blossom trees produce the wonderful fruit of cherry which goes by the name of Sakuranbo in Japan. This fruit actually comes from another species of the tree..

That answers the most boggling question ever! So they really bear fruits like cherries but these are only found in Japan.

Q#4: Why do Cherry Blossom Trees have pink and white colors?

  • The blossoms on these trees range in color but include shades of white, pink and yellow. The color of the blossoms depends on the species, such as the white blossoms on the Shogetsu and the pink blossoms on the Kanzan.

In Korea, you can almost see both of these kinds in every park or even inside their universities!

Q#5: What do they symbolize for?

In Japan, these unique trees symbolizes the nature of life. Japanese observes the similarity between the nature of the blossoming tree and the human life.

The cherry blossom tree is known for its short yet brilliant blooming season which ends with an inevitable fall to the ground. For the Japanese masses this drama staged by the natural process of the tree was reminiscent of the natural way of human life where rise and fall are the main elements in limited time.

Also, this tree also represents the start of the school year in Japan or even the first day of work because it will coincide with the cherry blossom season which is April.

In China, cherry blossoms signify female form. Also, most Asian historical accounts believed that this magnificent tree has a deeper connection with the religion of Buddhism. Today, more and more cherry blossoms are planted across the northern countries which have the suitable climates where these trees can grow.

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To know more about cherry blossom trees, check the sites below:

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5188764_blossom-tree.html

http://www.gojapango.com/garden/cherry_blossom.html

http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/

 All photos used are owned by the Miss Shinobu.

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