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Meet London Cherry blossoms

Some one says London’s best season is spring, for it best weather and beautiful Cherry Blossoms.

If you want to see very beautiful Cherry blossoms in London:

ARegents Park does have very nice cherry blossoms in May, Chester Rd on the east side of the park about halfway up is nothing but cherry trees but they haven’t bloomed yet. There are plenty within the park though, towards the south east corner especially. Other places to enjoy cherry blossoms: Regents Park; St James park; Primrose Hill IIRC; Twickenham Bridge ; Lichfield Road, London E3 on the way to mile end.
Most cherry trees that are seen in Britain are Japanese cherry trees. They can be found in churchyards, lining the street, and in domestic and public gardens. They are particularly popular in residential areas in outer London.
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They are admired in Britain and in other countries where they have been planted, but it is Japan where they are appreciated the most. They are mentioned in Japanese poetry, and in the Japanese paintings, it is common to see a courting couple in a rowing boat looking up and admiring the blossom. Even to this day, Japanese families make special visits to the parks at the time of year when the trees are in blossom to have a picnics under their shadow. Predicting exactly when the trees will go into blossom is an expert science.

 

They are not the only fruit tree to have beautiful flowers, but they are the most consistent and because lots of varieties have been bred, the flowers come in different colours. For all that is said about this blossom though, it only remains for about two weeks in the year and only a few days at the height of its lustre.

I’d like to die in spring
Beneath the cherry trees
In their bloom

At that time in March,
When in its glory shines
the full moon.

Saigyou (1118-90)

It is not the blossom therefore that is the best way of identifying the cherry tree. This, I would say, falls to its bark, which is very distinctive. There is always a sort of shiny metallic quality to it, and it has thin rims running round it horizontally.

Pretty though they are, these are not the type of cherry trees that produce the fruit that we buy in the shops. These are called prunus serrulata; the ones that produce the fruit are prunus avium.

by william cater

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