Somei Yoshino, Japanese Cherry
Somei Yoshino, 染井吉野, Prunus X yedoensis
Otto-numa park, Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan, April 2008
Nikon D70s / Sigma 150mm macro
... if you love flower macro, please look in original size (^_^)
The most popular Sakura in Japan. This has beautiful names either in Japanese or in Latin. Somei, composed with beautiful characters is the name of place in Tokyo, where gardeners gathered in Edo period, Yoshino is the oldest and most famous place for Cherry. So it means "Yoshino brought from Somei"
Latin name means "The cherry of Edo". Edo, 江戸 is contemporary Tokyo, where for 300 years, Shogun government stationed, formed big affluent city, called "city of flower".
This cherry suddenly came out from Somei in Edo period. And for its fast growth, enormous clouding amount of flower, it replaced existing popular cherries.
The gardener hided its resource forever, so there were many presumption of its origin. It was American named Dr. Wilson who suggested it is hybrid of two cherries in 1916. Later it was proved by Japanese researcher through experimental hybridization.
Somei-Yoshino is the hybrid between Edo-HIgan, 江戸彼岸 Prunus pendula and Oshima-zakura 大島桜. Prunus lannesiana. Its clouding number of flowers and pale pink color from Edo-higan, and big petals, fast grwoing from Oshima-zakura.
By the way, number (density) of flower and the size of flower mismatches when it flowers a lot, then when you look close most of the flower are deformed by jamming with surrounding flowers hahaha.