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Prunus × yedoensis Matsum. 'Someiyoshino'

Mount Usu / Sarobetsu post-mined peatland
From left: Crater basin in 1986 and 2006. Cottongrass / Daylily

Prunus L. (サクラ)
Someiyoshino (ソメイヨシノ, 染井吉野), Yoshino cherry
Lifeform: deciduous tree < 15 m high

Short-lived ≈ 60 years (uncertain), due partly to low tolerance to fungal infection

Flowering: early spring before leaf flushing → used for predicting cherry blossom front

P. sargentii is the most popular in Hokkaido
HUSTEP: Plants and Plant communities in Japan (flora list)

Disease: weak to fungus attack (Taphrina wiesneri, etc.)
Utilization/Habitat: gardening, most popular for cherry blossom appreciation in Honshu → gene pollution
Putative parental species → completely vegetative (probably produced in the middle of Edo Era) → distributed widely after Meiji Era

Prunus pendula Maxim. f. ascendens (Makino) Ohwi
Prunus speciosa (Koidz.) Nakai (オオシマザクラ)


Cerasus × yedoensis (Matsum.) A. V. Vassil.


Prunus × yedoensis

[1] trees along a street. [2] inflorescences. [3] a bark (樹皮). [1-3] in the campus of Wuhan University (武漢大学), Hubei Province (湖北省), China, on March 28 2012. The most of them were transplanted by the army of Japan in 1938, and for the anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China in 1972 ⇒ giant tree (巨木)


Cherry blossom front (桜前線)

The prediction of cherry blossom date is so important for Japanese, to enjoy therry-viewing parties.

⇒ specimen trees for observing plant phenoloyg (植物季節観測用標本)

Equation for predicting the date of cherry blossom

y = 8.88 + 5.726(φ - 35°) - 0.162(λ - 135°) + 1.606h

y: flowering date of cherry (1st March = 1)
φ = latitude, λ = longitude, h = a.s.l. (m)/100


φ and h → related with temperature
+ Local difference
⇒ Recently, this equation can not win. Why?