Cherry Blossom Festivals
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Cherry Blossom Time
Mid to late march begins the season of blossom viewing (Hanami) around the world, and the blooming of the cherry trees is the most highly anticipated.
Most wild trees, but also a lot of cultivated tree varieties, have blossoms with five petals. However, some species have blossoms which consist of ten, twenty or more petals. Trees with blossoms of more than five petals are called yaezakura in Japan.
Most varieties produce light pink to white blossoms, but there are also cherry trees with dark pink, yellow or green blossoms. Furthermore, the color of some varieties' cherry blossoms may change while they are in bloom. For example, a blossom may open as a white flower and change color to pink over the course of a few days.
For the best places around the world for a dazzling display, including The Meadows in Edinburgh (pictured above), click the multi-colored cherry trees.
And for a video of the dance from the Cologne Ball at the Brauweiler Abbey in 2012, see below.