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Sakura (japanese cherry tree) - 桜

The Japanese cherry tree (Prunus serrulata) is a very cultivated tree in Japan since the 15th century, it has also been the subject of many hybridizations.
The different varieties are distinguished by the shape and number of flower petals and also their color, which varies from white to yellow, including all shades of pink. Some species change color during flowering.
 
It is widely used as an ornamental tree for its splendid spring bloom and colorful fall foliage. The flowering of Japanese cherry trees is a national event that attracts many tourists.
 
In traditional Asian medicine, cherries have been shown to be beneficial for a variety of ailments like heart disease, toothache. Modern analysis has revealed strong antiviral, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. 
 
The cherry blossom is a very important symbol in Japan, it is especially used in Japanese arts and crafts. It is also found on military and police badges and certain official distinctions. Its representation appears on the 100 yen coins and the very word "sakura" has become a female given name.

Sakura

Sakura