First Blooms in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

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    • Tori with the first blossoms of Prunus 'Pendula' in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Tori with the first blossoms of Prunus 'Pendula' in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Hanami in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Photo by Rebecca BulleneHanami in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene
    • Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula'. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula'. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula'. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula'. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Hanami 2008.
Photo by Dave AllenHanami 2008. Photo by Dave Allen
    • Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden during Hanami 2008.
Photo by Dave AllenJapanese Hill-and-Pond Garden during Hanami 2008. Photo by Dave Allen

    Of the 26 flowering cherry trees on display in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, 15 began to bloom this week and are holding their blossoms despite the rain. The majority of these trees are Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula', often called weeping cherries. In BBG's collection there are both white and pink varieties. Weeping cherries have been cultivated in Japan for centuries and are often referred to as ito-zakura ("thread cherry") in poems and literature. The thin branches weep because of their fast growing habit and do indeed look like threads blowing in the breeze before the blossoms emerge. The species was first introduced into Europe in 1862 by German physician and botanical collector Philipp Franz von Siebold. In addition to P. subhirtella 'Pendula' visitors to the Garden can also see Prunus sargentii 'Fudan-zakura' in peak bloom.

    To see the stages of bloom of all the flowering cherry trees at BBG visit the CherryWatch map and follow us on Twitter for the latest bloom updates.


    Comments

    April 17, 2011
    Emmett Hoops

    Thank you so much for putting these photos online.  For those of us who love the Garden but do not live nearby, it is wonderfully uplifting to (virtually) see the trees’ announcement of Spring!


    August 4, 2011
    Tak Kojima

    This is not comment, it’s a question: Do you sell Japanese cherry nursery tree? if so when is it available? and when to planting?
    thank you,
    Tak Kojima


    August 16, 2011
    jblackburn

    BBG’s Garden Shop does not carry flowering cherry trees, but the annual plant sale, held each May by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Auxiliary, does sometimes offer them.



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