Garden Alphabet: Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata)

Very close by we have a manmade lake that is  surrounded with a heavy planting of Japanese Cherry Trees that put on quite a show each Spring. It reminds me greatly of photos of the cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, near the National Mall. I usually try to take shots of the bloom every year, although I didn’t make it this year before the bloom faded.

Here is a shot from the 2008 bloom as part of the Garden Alphabet series, though.

Japanese cherry

Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata)

“Prunus serrulata is a small deciduous tree with a short single trunk, with a dense crown reaching a height of 26–39 feet (7.9–12 m). The smooth bark is chestnut-brown, with prominent horizontal lenticels. The leaves are arranged alternately, simple, ovate-lanceolate, 5–13 cm long and 2.5–6.5 cm broad, with a short petiole and a serrate or doubly serrate margin. At the end of autumn, the green leaves turn yellow, red or crimson.” . —

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Previously in Garden Alphabet: