Botanical Name: Prunus
Blooms Locally: Late March, Early April
The cherry blossom tree is native to Japan where it is known as "sakura", a symbol of renewal and hope. Those of us in the DC area likely have memories of going to see the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin as a yearly spring tradition. Viewing the cherry blossoms is a custom that dates back hundreds of years. In Japan, they call this "hanami", which means "flower viewing" and specifically refers to afternoons spent sitting under the cherry blossoms during peak bloom. These trees are easy-going and quick to grow, which makes them a great option for landscaping and gardens locally. They require full sun and are self-pollinating, so it is ideal to plant 2 or 3 together, 10-20 feet apart.
Cherry blossom branches have a particularly graceful arch to them that we adore using in large arrangements. They aren't as crooked or jagged as your usual tree branch, which is something special when it comes to making elegant, large-scale arrangements
Photos by Becca Olcott