April 2, 2013

The flowers of Yama-zakura (Cerasus jamasakura) in Genji-yama

The pure white flowers of Yama-zakura ("mountain sakura") have just started blooming to gracefully ornament the low hills of Kita-kamakura where fresh green leaves are coming out rapidly one after another.

Unlike a Yoshino cherry which is the most common cherry in Japan, the new leaves of a Yama-zakura appear in concurrence with flowering and adorn the white flowers with their dazzling green.

The background of this scene is embellished by the vivid red of the late-blooming Tsubaki flowers.

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