Facts About the Chinese Blossom
What most people refer to as the Chinese blossom is better known as the Cherry blossom. This plant is very common in most Asian countries including Japan, Korea, India, and of course China. Throughout this article we will explore the Cherry blossom in general, adding a bit of specifics regarding the Japanese and Chinese blossom due to their popularity around the world.
Japan is specifically famous for their cherry blossoms (also known as sakura in Japan) of several varieties. These blossoms were used throughout Japan back in the day to decorate noble grounds. This plant is a favorite throughout the country and is well known as being an important, meaningful Japanese plant throughout the world. Generally starting to blossom during the month of January, it spreads throughout the country until the beginning part of April. They even copied the Chinese culture’s flower viewing when deciding to cultivate these plants near shrines and temples. If you venture down to almost any governmental building, you are likely to see these cherry blossoms nearby.
Along with their beauty, these plants are extremely symbolic to these Asian countries. The Chinese blossom is known to symbolize femininity as well as beauty throughout the country. Furthermore, they are symbolic for love. Another use for the Chinese blossom is symbolizing the New Year. In other countries throughout Asia, the Cherry blossom also represents good fortune and the spring blooming season (specifically in Japan).
These blossoms are seen on a variety of different items in the form of art in China as well as in Japan. Believe it or not, during the Second World War, the Japanese militants would frequently take part of the branches onto the plane to help remind them to have pride in their country. Paintings would also commonly be seen on the sides of the planes before taking off on a mission. Therefore, it is obvious that these plants mean a lot more than just a beautiful tree in the eyes of the Japanese.
Although these cherry blossoms are frequently found in countries like Japan and China (Chinese blossom), they are also now seen in a variety of other places including the United States and Canada. Throughout Canada they have these beautiful trees lining walkways and parks, including the Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. In addition, if you have been to Washington, D.C. during the right time of year, you will see cherry blossoms throughout. Both Canada and the D.C. areas have annual festivals in which these blossoms are the key attraction to tourists nearby.
Believe it or not, the Chinese blossom is relatively easy to grow and obviously adds a lot of character and beauty to your landscape. Better yet, you are able to pick between different varieties in order to get the color you desire: white or pink. These plants grow best in full sun; therefore, planting in such areas is recommended. Be sure wherever you plant the tree allows proper water drainage to prevent over watering. It is recommended that you avoid trying to grow this plant unless you are in the hardiness zones nine through eleven. Be sure to use a good fertilizer once a year to help with plant growth.
In conclusion, these beautiful plants make a great addition to any backyard, but also are generally associated with a variety of government buildings, parks, and national monuments and shrines. Their history dates back to the Asian country and is highly symbolic to those living in areas such as China and Japan. You can easily recognize these plants by their white and pink beauty, which can be seen on multiple works of art from most Asian countries. Many people around the world get tattoos of these blossoms as a resemblance of good fortune, love, affection, and even beauty. These plants are truly unique and mean a lot more than just a tree to multiple countries around the world.