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A beautiful pink flowering tree.
A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is sometimes called sakura after the Japanese.
With cherry orchards in California and Washington, cherry bloom happens twice at Stemilt! Cherry bloom in California starts in early March, while mid-April is bloom time for cherries in Washington.
The development of the blossoms for the new cherry crop actually takes place during cherry harvest the previous season where short bud spurs are already on branches of the tree.
In the spring as the weather begins to warm, the buds are the first visible part of the tree to start to change.
Within each state, bloom starts in southern growing districts and gradually moves north. Each variety also has a specific bloom time, with early varieties blooming before mid and late season varieties.
April 5th, 2012
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