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