Cherry Blossoms

Cultivated pom-poms

Pretty in Pink

There for a moment

But gone in a blink.

 

Then fruit will form slowly

As perfectly planned

By the God of creation

And willed by His hand.

 

Tina (Gk)

May 2, 2018

 

Sadly, the cherry blossoms here are fading and falling.  Gone in a blink!  It’s the truth!

 

Some facts about Cherry Trees

 

  • Not all varieties of cherry trees bear fruit
  • Some cherry trees produce only very small sour fruit. Birds like ’em!
  • A cherry tree may only bloom for a week or two.
  • New from the nursery, a cherry tree can take up to 5 years to bear fruit.
  • Not all cherry trees will pollinate themselves.
  • Some cherry trees need help from another tree to pollinate.
  • Chill hours are important for stone bearing fruit–meaning, the number of hours a tree spends at temperatures between 45-34 degrees.
  • Should a tree experience a winter without enough chill, a cherry tree may not open its buds. Therefore, not bearing fruit.
  • Location is important for fruit bearing.
  • There are over 200 varieties of cherry blossoms
  • Cherry blossoms and leaves are edible and can be used for tea.
  • Yaezakura, which means multi-layered cherry blossom, is a catch-all term for cherry blossoms with more than 5 petals. Starting to bloom in mid- or late April, the yaezakura has petals that range from light to dark pink. Because of the double layers of petals, they’re known as a symbol of strength, as compared to the delicate Somei Yoshino.

 

 

Cherry tree info gathered from these sites:

 

https://www.bbg.org/news/eight_things_you_probably_dont_know_about_flowering_cherry_trees

 

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/cherry-trees-not-bear-fruit-44554.html

 

https://www.oakfurnitureuk.co/blog/6-beautiful-facts-about-cherry-blossom

 

https://tokyocheapo.com/lifestyle/outdoors/yaezakura-late-blooming-cherry-trees-tokyo/

 

4 Thoughts

  1. Cute poem!! Our house that we moved to a little over a year ago has cherry trees so I made/canned my first batch of cherry jam last summer with cherries, sugar, and lemon juice (so simple yet sooooo tasty)

    1. Thank you! Not as lovely as the tree. 🙂 It’s difficult to do something so beautiful justice, but I was inspired and couldn’t help but scribble down a few words.

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