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The Most Popular Cherry Tree Variety In Japan: A Hit Commodity

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The year when the author and her husband were in Japan, the cherry blossom season passed in the twinkling of an eye. The blossoms were best during their first week. The pink-tinged white blossoms made a beautiful contrast to the dark brown tree trunk. From March into April the cherry blossom front rapidly heads north along Japan's extended archipelago. In each district the blossoming period is very brief. During this time, however, the mountains, fields and towns are all painted in pink-tinged white. People in Europe maintain seasonal flowers along the streets and on window sills all year round, while Japanese concentrate only on the cherry blossoms during the brief time in spring. Japanese nationalism helped the spread of cherry trees far and wide. The Somei Yoshino was a variety which could be quickly produced to meet demand.

Keywords: cherry blossom season; cherry tree; Japan; pink-tinged white blossoms; Somei Yoshino



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