Magnolia, begonia and peach blossoms all seem to be the prelude to this spring. The climax will be kicked off by cherry blossoms!
From Cerasus serrulata in Taiziwan Park to Cerasus Yoko at Citizen Street in Qianjiang New Town, from Prunus subhirtella at East Fengqi Road to tulip cherry blossoms in Xintiandi Park, members of the cherry blossom family are all trying to add color to the spring in Hangzhou.
The cherry blossom is the collective name for the genus Cerasus of the Rosaceae family. Originated from China, it has been cultivated for over 2000 years and has over 40 varieties. There were ten to twenty varieties of Japanese cherry blossoms, but after years of cultivation by Japanese people, there have been more and more varieties which now form a huge family of cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms are divided into early, midseason and late bloomers based on flowering time. Taking the Yoshino cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) as the watershed, those blooming earlier than it are called early bloomers, such as P.lannesiana, Cerasus discoidea, Cerasus conradinae, Cerasus campalunata and Cerasus Yoko. Those blooming later than it are late bloomers, such as P.lannesiana Alborosea and P.lannesiana Superba. Those blooming around the same time as it are midseason bloomers, such as Cerasus speciosa. The Yoshino cherry itself is the most planted and mentioned cherry blossom in Hangzhou and the "main force" in Hangzhou’s cherry blossoming season.
In recent years, because of the beautification project conducted by Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Gardening and Cultural Relics, more and more pretty flowers have been planted along streets and in alleys. Citizens can now see trees and flowers wherever they go. In order to make it easy for them to appreciate flowers, Hangzhou Daily and the city’s landscaping authorities have offered a map showing ideal places for viewing cherry blossoms.