The cherry blossom is in full bloom on the Stray, Harrogate
Last updated Apr 17, 2024

The annual display of cherry blossom is now in full bloom – catch it while you can as you walk along the Stray’s paths.

Here are five fun facts you might not know about the sakura trees…

Did you know?

  • The planting of cherry trees became popular in Europe and America in the 20th century after Japan presented trees to the United States as a token of friendship in 1912.
  • Harrogate’s ornamental trees were said to have been planted to celebrate the Queen’s coronation in 1953.
  • There are more than 100 types of cherry blossom trees. They can vary in shape of tree, colour, petals and bloom time.
  • Each cherry tree differs in time of when it reaches full bloom, even if they are planted in the same area.
  • They tend to only be in full bloom for one week.

Email in your images of the blossoms – either in Harrogate or from your local area – for a chance to be featured in our extra-special spring edition of Photo of the Week to [email protected].

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