There are in fact many different varieties of the Japanese cherry tree, sometimes referred to in Japanese as ‘Sakura’. Thus the various species of cherry trees bloom at different times throughout spring, not just based upon the area in which they are located but also on which variety of cherry tree they are.
I passed a tree the other day, while driving to work, which appeared to have somewhat of a ‘split personality’. The one tree was actually a ‘hybrid’ of a ‘sakura’ tree (cherry blossom) and ‘hanamomo’ (peach blossom variety). Hence in addition to the light pink flowers there were bunches of dark pink flowers (see photo), creating a rather stunning and beautiful sight. It certainly brightened my drive to work that day.
Mandy and I, like most Japanese people, enjoy the Japanese custom of ‘hanami’ – flower viewing. My wife and I enjoyed seeing spring flowers in Australia too, but Japanese people have turned this yearly event into an art form.