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Rare Flowers: Five Cherry Blossoms You Need to Know About!
Posted on December 27, 2023
Japan is famous for its gorgeous cherry blossom trees during a time of year known as sakura season. When the season becomes just right, gentle white, pink, and red waves fill the air as petals dance across warm spring air. However, some rare flowers also bloom during this time of year.
People from all over the world travel to witness the blossoming of these beautiful trees. But did you know some cherry blossoms are rare and difficult to find? When visiting Japan to witness this once-a-year spectacle, visit these rarer cherry blossom flowers, making your sakura viewing trip even more special.
Shidarezakura, or weeping cherry trees, precisely depict their name. The tree’s long branches hang straight down to the ground, resembling the cherry blossom bending over and weeping. Despite their melancholic name, shidarezakura is not sad but provides a distinctive viewing experience.
These trees are rare because they are not distinct breeds but because a mutation causes the branches to hang like a weeping willow. Overall, shidarezakura boasts beautiful white, pink, and red petals like typical cherry blossoms.
Kanzan cherry blossoms are another unique cherry blossom that are less common than regular cherry blossom trees. Originally derived from the Oshina cherry tree, kanzan were developed by selective interspecific hybrids from the Oshina cherry blossom. However, the pink petals of the kanzan are not as visible in nature.
However, a mutation occurred while the trees underwent selective breeding, resulting in their pink hues. Kanzan are famous cherry blossoms to grow abroad as they can handle colder temperatures. They are also smaller than other cherry blossoms, making them perfect for home gardens.
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Ichiyou, or “one-leaf”, is a famous cherry blossom in Japan. So named for the single pistil in the center of the flower that resembles a leaf, ichiyou are beautiful cherry blossom trees that first appeared in Japan in the early 19th century. The flowers themselves are vast and bell-like, with groupings of three to four flowers around a centered heart. Ichiyou trees were so well-liked that their leaves were once used as a special cherry-flavored drink many years ago in Japan.
Unlike many other types of cherry blossom trees, the kikuzakura are known for being very late bloomers. Aside from their late blooms, what makes them even more unique is that each flower can have up to 125 petals per flower! That is a tremendous number of petals. However, the large grouping only adds to the beauty of the hues of pink the tree is famous for.
Unfortunately, due to their late blooming season, it can be a little tricky to enjoy the kikuzakura flowers fully. This is because, during that time, the green leaves on the tree start to cover them up. But, if you are lucky enough to catch them at the perfect time, you’ll be able to enjoy one of Japan’s most spectacular breeds of cherry blossoms.
The fugenzou cherry blossom tree is a magnificent tree with the grace to become a focal point in any garden. Though not as uniquely shaped as the shidarezakura trees and not as complete as the kikuzakura trees, the fugenzou cherry blossoms are simple yet elegant. Large, pale pink to white petals reach the air as the tree grows into a typical spreading flat-top form. These cherry blossom trees are always easy to spot, regardless of where you are in Japan.
Why should I see these rare flowers during sakura season?
Sakura festivals are famous worldwide not only because they herald the return of spring but also because they symbolize Japan itself. The cherry blossom festivals, foods, snacks, merchandise, and activities grow more popular each year, thanks to these beautiful flowers.
Moreover, each represents the importance of cherry blossom trees and their impact on Japanese culture. To see the cherry blossoms themselves is already a special event, but to see rarer trees, which many people may not even be aware of as rare, is a special treat in and of itself. These rare flowers add to the cherry blossom’s allure and timeless beauty and should not be missed.
Have you been lucky enough to have seen any of these rare cherry blossom flowers? Which ones did you see, and where did you see them? What else were you able to do during the sakura season? Please tell us in the comments below! We would love to hear about your cherry blossom viewings and what you thought of them!
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