Japanese Sister City Program

Cherry Tree (Weeping)

Usage/Symbolism The flowering cherry tree has been cultivated in Japan for over a thousand years. It is a standard feature of Japanese temple gardens and has gained increasing popularity in American landscaping because of its beauty and hardiness. In Japanese, this tree is called "shidare zakura," meaning "weeping cherry"--a name that physically describes the tree's drooping branches and evokes both the joy and sadness associated with cherry blossoms in Japanese culture. Cherry blossoms are thought to symbolize life on earth: joyful and beautiful in its occurrence but sad in its transience.

Research conducted by: Jace Hickman, BSA Troop 138

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