You may be surprised to hear that all sakura, cherry trees in Japan are clones grafted from a single tree.
During end of March and beginning of April is the cherry blossom season when tourists and locals rush to enjoy the beautiful but short-lived pale pink flowers. It is the type of sakura called Somei Yoshino that we see almost everywhere in Japan and that Japan Meteorological Agency gives forecast when it fully blooms in major cities. Somei Yoshino blooms at same timing under the same condition as they all have same genes. It is said that Somei Yoshino was first created at Somei village in Tokyo from Edohigan and Oshimazakura breeds in the late 19th century. By that time, enjoying cherry blossoms Read More