The blossom tree is better known as a cherry blossom or a cherry blossom tree. These trees originated in Japan but are now found in different areas around the world. The blossoms off these trees give off a light and fragrant scent.
In Japan alone, there are over 100 different varieties of blossoming cherry trees. This includes the Somei-yoshino and Yamazakura types.
Two main types of blossom trees exist: wild trees and cultivated trees. Wild trees are those that grow freely, while cultivated trees are planted and maintained. Most of the blossom trees in the UK are cultivated.
The blossoms on these trees vary in colour but include shades of white, pink and yellow. The colour of the blossoms depends on the species, such as the white blossoms on the Shogetsu and the pink blossoms on the Kanzan.
Blossom trees typically form blooms first. After the blooms are full, dark green or brown leaves appear on the tree. With later blooming trees, the leaves appear first, followed by the blooms.
Several different types of tree forms are found on blossom trees, including V-shape, weeping and flat-topped. Other varieties are known as columnar and triangular---the names refer to the shape of the tree and its branches.