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Cherry Fruits-A09A1224

One of the most popular tree of Cherry, they got hundred of species and may 

be thousand of garden varieties.    So that, all of their flowers look more or less

the same though, when it came to the fruits, they are amazingly different.  =

Not only the sizes or color —– but only a thing it would be certain, is, the most

of them are not nice to eat at all.   Only an exception I ever encountered was,  

the Cherry trees standing on the road side outskirt of  Wurzburg in Germany.

(Though, I wouldn’t guaranty  you to find the same street and the tree.  😀 )

That cherry was the same kind sold in the shop, the dark colored one.

I guess, the local council just planted the same variety for Cherry fruits.

(But I don’t know how their flowers looks like. )


Many years ago, once European farmers tried to export their cherries to

Japan though, non was sold.  To the Japanese, Cherry got to have the color

like the one in the top photo and of cause the sweetness with subtle acidity.

So, this Cherry got the right color, the size was somewhat a half of “Salable”

standard in Japan but this one got awful bitter taste.


Strangely you may think, not so many fruits yelling Cherry in Japan.  

There are hundreds of different Cherries there though, most of the tree

commonly planted there were the variety called  Somei-yoshino, which

was created  in a Somei village somewhere north of Edo (now called Tokyo).

Since it was a specially created hybrid, this Somei-yoshino is infertile ; ie

there is no cherry fruit !  = No seed.   And all the Somei-yoshino in the world

were propagated from single tree by means of grafting = one by one by hand. 

Therefore, thousands cherry trees planted on the bank of Potomac river

Washington, US were all created in the same manner and genetically

they are all identical clones.


What makes this Somei-yoshino so special was,  when flower is open, there is

no leaves  and when the flower finished, each flower petals falls like a snow.

= Symbolizing the Ethos of Samurai.   The beauty in the death.    ! ! !


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  1. bentehaarstad said, on June 12, 2014 at 20:01

    I like all cherries, of all colours, sour and sweet, but I course, I have not tasted them all. I actually have two trees in my garden (one sour, one sweet but not dark colour), and wonder if there will be any fruits this year…

    • yoshizen said, on June 12, 2014 at 22:09

      It seems your Cherry was bread for Cherry fruits.
      —– Most of Japanese Cherry were bread for Flower.—– is the marker of the Japanese mentality and how deeply they were entwined into the culture = you may amazed every spring, how much amount of time in the national news was spent for the Cherry blossom report, from south to north, which city’s Cherry got full bloom then. 🙂

  2. elenacaravela said, on June 17, 2014 at 10:00

    Thank you for the Cherry tree tutorial. I did not have any idea there were so many different cherry trees.

    • yoshizen said, on June 17, 2014 at 11:02

      Yah—–except multi-petal type, they looks all same aren’t they. 🙂

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