April 7, 2010
The Potomac Cherry
I spotted this beautiful cherry tree in a bicycle parking space, next to the Seiyu in Kotesashi, the other day.
Upon closer look, I learned that this cherry tree is actually one of the descendants of the cherry trees that were given to the United States in 1912 (Thank you Al for the info!). Probably why they're called 'Potomac Cherry Tree.'
Although I have no idea how it ended up growing in the middle of a bicycle parking space, it certainly does brighten up the whole area.
I never really knew it took so long for the cherry trees given by Japan to be planted in Washington DC. It's a very interesting story and you can read about it here.