Japanese Cherry; also called Hill Cherry, Oriental Cherry or East Asian Cherry, is a species of cherry native to Japan, Korea and China and is used for its spring cherry blossom displays and festivals.
The Japanese flowering cherry tree, which only blooms in the spring, is sometimes called Sakura ("tree on which god sits") and symbolizes spring, life and beauty. The Japanese consider these trees very special. The cherry blossom came to Japan when a Japanese goddess named Konohanasakuyahime planted one atop Mt. Fuji.
The leaves of the Japanese cherry tree are broad, alternate and simple and when crushed gives a characteristic odor. Its beautiful pink flowers come out in late March or early April and is therefore one of our earliest bloomers, a sure indication that spring in on the way!