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Kakunodate
Kakunodate

Sakura in Kakunodate

Origin of cherry blossoms-Weeping cherry tree-

桜の由来 -シダレザクラ編-

Weeping cherry tree that beautifully colors the samurai residence

It dates back to the feudal era about 350 years ago.
There were three cherry blossom saplings among the wedding tools that Yoshiaki's wife, the second generation of the Kakunodate Satake family, brought from the Sanjo Nishi family in Kyoto when she put them in.

It is said that it became the "Kakunodate Shidarezakura" that has been passed down for many years and remains to this day.

162 are national natural monuments

Many cherry blossoms are designated as natural monuments in Japan, but it is said that there are few designated countries for weeping cherry blossoms. Of the 450 weeping cherry trees currently available, 162 are designated as national natural monuments.
The scenery of the fern cherry blossoms in Kakunodate was highly evaluated.
Small white and pink petals that are thinly connected to the supple branches. The cherry blossom trees hanging from both sides of the samurai residence are in perfect harmony with the charming castle town.

The splendid appearance of the 300-year-old weeping cherry tree, which surpasses Kyoto, will soothe the hearts of visitors.

Is there a variety called weeping cherry?

Actually, there is no variety of cherry blossoms called "weeping cherry tree". It is said that "Edhiganzakura" is a weeping one, that is, a branch that should have been going up hangs down.
It seems that it is thought that the weight of the tip part increased as the cell division at the tip of the branch progressed faster, and as a result, the branch naturally turned downward. More than 90% of the cherry blossom trees on Bukeyashiki Street are weeping cherry trees, which are a variety of this "Edhiganzakura".

〇 Origin of cherry blossoms-Yoshino cherry tree edition-

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