When you’re sitting beneath a beautiful cherry blossom tree for a hanami (flower-viewing) picnic, you may look up and wonder what you’re actually under. With over 100 wild species of ornamental cherry trees and up to 600 cultivars in Japan, the variety is not always easy to decipher.
Some differences aren’t subtle; they forgo the typical five-petal pink national flower for a kaleidoscope of colors with double the petals. But with plum and peach blossoms also looking strangely familiar it might be time to reacquaint yourself with the different types of cherry blossoms and cherry-pick your favorite.
Common Questions and Misconceptions
With all these species and types, from wild cherry blossoms to cultivated ones, we won&