First meet with Cherry blossom this year!
Oh-Kan-Zakura, 大寒桜, Prunus xkanzakura cv. ohkanzakura.
This was only flowering smallish tree in the Myazaki central park, Miyazaki city, 5 min. walk from Miyazaki railway station. I love this gorgeous but elegantly pretty cherry very much.
Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan Feb2008
NikonD40X Nikkor 18-200
Oh-kan-zakura means "Big flowered winter cherry". This is hybrid between Oshima-Zakura, 大島桜, which has big white flower and Kan-hi-zakura (Taiwan zakura) , 寒緋桜（台湾桜）, sub tropical cherry which has deep purple red flower.
Oshima-zakura with ist big flower, fast growing nature makes it as important breeding resource, Kan-hi-zakura with its deep red as well. Oh kanzakura is the hybrid of 2 excellent broods.
This cherry has very beautiful flower. Big petals inheriting from Oshimazakura, and Reddish color from Kanhizakura. It flowers very early which is stimulated by subtropical Kan-hi-zakura blood.
It is paradoxical that, as it is subtropical it flowers in "warm" winter then it flowers even in north land in very cold period, in spite of the parent's warmth loving blood.
It also suggests us that subtropical cherry blood triggers blossom rather according to its internal calendar rather than to surrounding temperature.