In 1910, two thousand Yoshino Cherry trees were planted in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, this first batch of Cherry Blossom or Sakura trees were diseased and had to be destroyed. In 1912, a second batch of three thousand trees were successfully planted along the banks of the Potomac River.
Korean Flowering King Cherries (Prunus Yedoensis) are a different species given a very similar name through centuries of misidentification.
Japanese FLOWERING CHERRIES (genus Prunus) are breathtakingly beautiful when they're in full bloom. Whenever I see the cascading falling cherry blossom petals, I'm filled with bittersweet memories of sadder times still lingering in the subconscious.
Some notable Prunus species include the ornamental Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x Yedoensis), Sakura or Cherry Blossom (Prunus Serrulata) and the edible cherries (Prunus Avium and Prunus Cerasus). Yoshino Cherries are believe to be a Japanese hybrid developed back in the 1730s. Ornamental Cherry Blossoms are thought to have originated in the Himalayas and are closely related to the edible Prunus species such as the almond, peach, plum and apricot.
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