Spring in Japan is quite beautiful with all the pink and white flowering trees. Usually it is a time to hold hanami parties under the trees, as the petals float down from the branches. This year we've been told to wait until next year to gather for hanami parties, but we can still enjoy the sight of the flowers.
Many of my friends can tell me which trees are cherry, peach, or plum. I think they are all pretty, but I have to admit, I don't know which is which. I found some information online to help distinguish, but I may still confuse them.
Cherry - March to April (May in Hokkaido). There are many types and much variety. The colors range from pale pink (most common) to dark pink. The petals are nearly heart-shaped and the flowers have long stems.
Peach - late March to mid April in Japan, colors range from white to bright pink. The flowers grow in clusters along the tree's shorter branches and consist of five petals which taper to sharp points.
Plum - January to March in Japan, colors range from white and pale pink to deep pink. The flowers grow directly off the branch (no stem) and have five rounded petals.
Are you enjoying any flowering trees where you live?