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Transcript of Cherry Blossoms
http://www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-history.htm At the request of Mrs. Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, First Lady Taft ordered 2000 cherry trees be planted along side the Potomac River.
The original trees were infested with bugs and had to be burned, but Japan donated additional trees and eventually over 3,000 trees were planted in March, 1912 In 1935, the Cherry Blossom Festival began to commemorate the planting of the trees and in 1965 Japan made another donation of trees. Thousands of people come to Washington, D.C, each spring to witness the blooming of the cherry trees. This Year was the 100 year anniversary Types of Cherry Trees
European Bird Cherry
Winter Flowering Cherry
Yoshino Cherry Flowering Cherry
This tree is an Asian cherry tree. In spring it produces a semi-double flower. The bark is purple-brown or grayish. Its flower is pink to white in clusters of 2-5. It grows up to 65 feet tall.
This tree flowers through mild winters. It has a smooth gray-brown bark. The flowers are pale pink to white in 2-5 short shoots. It grows up to 35 feet. Yoshino Cherry European Bird Cherry This tree becomes rounded with age. Its bark is gray or brown and smooth. The leaf is finely toothed and blossom is white and fragrant. These trees grow to be up to 50 feet in height. This is a fast growing tree from Japan. It is one of the favorite cultivated cherry trees. The bark is purple-gray with thick bands of corky lenticles. Its pale green leaves are 2 1/2" and the flowers are pale pink fading to white growing in small clusters. These flowers are spectacular to see in early spring.
They range from 6 to 70 feet tall.
They are originally from Asia, but today grow throughout Asia, Europe, Northern Africa and most of North America.
In autumn months their leaves turn pink, orange, crimson or brown.
It has a short growing season
Bloom for 5-10 days in March and produce fruit in early June.
It takes 3-4 years to produce the first crop and 7 years to reach full maturity. More Facts about Cherry Trees Sources Cited
Cherry Blossom History: http://www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-history.htm
Trees By Colin Ridsdale, John White & Carol Usher
World Book Vol. 129 & 21 Lenticles are rows of bark with horizontal patches Japanese pilots will paint cherry trees on their plane or bring cherry tree branches on missions
The cherry blossom symbolizes clouds due to the way they bloom.
Cherry blossoms are traditional art in Japanese tatoos A Japanese Custom or"Hanami" is the practice of eating or picnicing under blossoming trees
Most schools and public buildings have cherry trees outside them.
The first day of school often coincides with the blossoming of the cherry trees. Cherry Trees in Japan