The Weeping Yoshino cherry tree, or Shidare Yoshino, is a steeply pendant form of the Yoshino cherry (Prunus x yedoensis). The tree is small, and the weeping branches hang right down to the ground - covered with dense clouds of single white flowers in early spring.
Like most of the Yoshino cherries, the blossom appears before the leaves in early spring, creating a striking effect. The flowers often have an almond-like scent.
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Prunus x yedoensis is a species of traditional "garden cherry" (satu-zakura) which has been grown in Japan for centuries. There are many examples of this species, usually small trees, mostly of upright form but some of which exhibit a weeping habit.
It is widely known as the Yoshino Cherry in western countries, but confusingly is not native to the Yoshino district of Japan after which it is presumably named, and is not known in Japan by this name.