Top ten trees of the world: No.10

At Number 10 on my list of top ten trees of the world is a true icon of Spring: the Cherry Tree.

The cherry tree sits within the Rose (Rosaceae) family, within the genus Prunus which groups cherries with other well-known plants such as plums, almonds and apricots.

Ancient cherry tree, Maruyama Park, Kyoto

Ancient cherry tree, Maruyama Park, Kyoto

Late March typically heralds the onset of Blossom Season in Japan, when the cherry trees come into full bloom, colouring the landscape with spectacular red, pink and white blossoms.

The Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto is an arresting sight in Spring. It is located along a canal lined with hundreds of cherry trees that burst into life with an impressive display of light pink blooms in early April. Marayama Park is home to some of the oldest cherry trees in Kyoto (such as the one pictured to the left), drawing large crowds during blossom season.

The celebrated Japanese flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata), also known as Sakura is native to northern and central China, Korea and Japan. It features prominently in Japanese culture and is popular in gardens and parks worldwide.

To see what the pollen of Prunus serrulata looks like, click here.