Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.”
A cherry blossom
is the name for the flower of cherry
trees known as Sakura
: 桜 or 櫻; hiragana
: さくら) in Japanese
. In English, the word "sakura" is equivalent to the Japanese flowering cherry
Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees as a gift to the United States
in 1912 to celebrate the nations' then-growing friendship. These trees were planted in Sakura Park
in Manhattan and famously line the shore of the Tidal Basin
in Washington, D.C.
, and the gift was renewed with another 3,800 trees in 1965. The cherry blossom trees continue to be a popular tourist attraction (and the subject of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival
) when they reach full bloom in early spring.