Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata)

The Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata) is a widely grown ornamental tree, native to Eastasia.
It bloom plentifully from April to early May, but shows no fruits.
This blooming period is of special meaning in Japanese culture. Hanami (jap. 花見) is the tradition to celebrate the beauty of the cherry bloosoms in spring each year. 
In Hamburg as sign of bond with Japan every two years the Princess of Cherry Blossoms is elected, having the function of special envoy. Besides Melbourne and Washington, Hamburg is one of the only three cities having the permission to elect a Princess of Cherry Blossoms, a right awarded by the influential "Japan Cherry Blossom Association, Tokyo".

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