Kawazu-zakura [河津桜(カワヅザクラ)]

Kawazu-zakura[河津桜(カワヅザクラ)] is a kind of Sakura[桜(サクラ)](Cherry blossom). That is known as an early blooming Sakura and blooms from mid-February to early March.

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Kawazu-zakura


Kawazu-zakura blooms longer than other Sakura such as Somei-yoshino[染井吉野(ソメイヨシノ)] that is the most favorite Sakura but that blooms only for about a week. Vivid pink blossom is also one of the feature of Kawazu-zakura.

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Kawazu-zakura along the Aono River at Shimogamo Hot Spring, Minamiizu Town, Shizuoka Prefecture



Kawazu-zakura was accidentally discovered by Katsumi Iida[飯田勝美(いいだかつみ)] who lived in Kawazu[河津(かわづ)] Town, Shizuoka Prefecture. On February, 1955, he discovered blooming young Sakura along the Kawazu River and he transplanted it to his garden.

At that time, this Sakura was called "Komine-zakura[小峰桜(こみねざくら)]"(Komine was his house's name.). But it turned out to be a new species generated by natural breeding as a result of a research and was named "Kawazu-zakura".

It is thought that is a hybrid between Ōshima-zakura[大島桜(オオシマザクラ)] and Hikan-zakura[緋寒桜(ヒカンザクラ)]. The original Kawazu-zakura tree remains in Iida's house and other Kawazu-zakura trees are its descendants.

Kanhi-zakura at Kasiwanoha Park
Hikan-zakura



In Kawazu Town, pink blossoms of Kawazu-zakura cover the banks of Kawazu River and Kawazu-zakura Festival is held from February to March. Sakuras are illuminated at night.

In Matuda Herb Garden, Matsuda[松田(まつだ)] Town, Kanagawa Prefecture, you can enjoy Kawazu-zakura with the view of Mt. Fuji. In Kyonan[鋸南(きょなん)] Town, Chiba Prefecture, about 14,000 Kawazu-zakura trees are planted.

Kawazu-zakura at Hōrin-ji Temple
Kawazu-zakura at Hōrin-ji Temple, Saitama City

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Kawazu-zakura along the Sakagawa River, Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture





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