Cherry Blossoms Blog

Eight Things You Probably Don’t Know About Flowering Cherry Trees

Prunus Kanzan

Thousands of visitors have been flocking to the Garden this spring, and every spring, to view our collection of flowering cherries. They may be the most beloved trees in New York City. Still, there are many things most people don’t realize about these beautiful pink- and white-blossomed plants. Here are some little-known

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A Cherry by Any Other Name

Identifying Cherry Cultivars

The four cherry trees along the pond just south of the torii in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden look similar—all have a weeping habit and pink flowers that blossom at the same time. They are clearly of different ages, but everyone thought they were the same cultivar—Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula,’ which is how they

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Are the Cherries Blooming?

Weeping Higan Cherry

Around this time of year, inevitably I’ll be out in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and someone will ask, “When will the cherry trees blossom?” and I’ll have to point out, “Well, you’re standing under a really beautiful flowering cherry tree right now.” That’s because most people, when they come to see

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Cherry Picking

Prunus serrulata 'Taki-Nioi'

As the Kanzan cherry trees (Prunus ‘Kanzan’) in the Cherry Esplanade head toward peak bloom this weekend, the excitement at the Garden is palpable—for good reason. Their deep pink, double blossoms, plus the central location of the esplanade have made the ‘Kanzan’ the favorite cherry cultivar of many BBG visitors.

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Magnolia-rama

Magnolia Plaza

Spring is bustin’ out all over the Garden this week. So many flowers are blooming, in fact, that it’s hard to decide what to be most excited about. Daffodil Hill is looking very Wordsworthian, several early blooming cherry and peach trees are going off, and the Shakespeare and Fragrance Gardens are filled with violets

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Photos from Sakura Matsuri 2011

Sakura 2011

This past weekend the 30th annual Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival brought in close to 70,000 visitors to BBG. With fantastic weather, the cherry trees in peak bloom, and 60-plus events and performances to enjoy, it was and incredible kickoff to spring. We put together a photo selection of some of the weekend

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