The warm season is approaching and there is no better indicator than the blooming of Japanese cherry trees in April, which can be observed all around the world.

Cherry blossoms, which bloom from trees native to East Asia belong to the prunus category of trees and shrubs. They are usually most prominently associated with Japan where they are called Sakura, and represent fleeting beauty.

Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not grow fruits.

In Gloucester, Batsford Arboretum holds the national collection of Japanese village cherries and Keel University in Straffordshire has one of the UK’s largest collections of flowering cherries.

Japanese cherry trees usually don’t grow higher than 12 metres! They are very important in Japan’s culture where people celebrate its blooming with a celebration called Hanami.

They can be bought from garden centres all over the UK and cost between £30-£50 depending on the variety.

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