November 2020 Is Sakura Season In Thurles

It’s called sakura season in Japan; the time when pink and white cherry blossoms signal the beginning of spring.

Photographed yesterday (November 17th 2020) a fruit bearing Cherry tree in bloom here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The unique variety of cherry tree known as Kawazu-zakura is usually the first to bloom in late February, while most other variety’s come into bloom between mid March and early May.

Japan’s cherry blossom season famously begins in late March and April lasting for around two weeks, with the best places to see the blush-tinted blooms being in Maruyama Park, Mount Yishino, Himeji Castle and Fuji Five Lakes.

However, this year you only have to travel to the Pallottine Prayer Garden, Kickham Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary, where half of a fruit bearing Cherry tree has burst into bloom just this week, November 7th 2020.

The tree and this unusual delightful ‘blooming’ phenomenon can be viewed on the North facing side of the Pallottine Prayer Garden.

Can anyone please enlighten us as to why we have a Cherry tree blooming in early November? We would love to hear your explanation.

Would the fact that this tree may have been grafted at the root have anything to do with its decision to burst into bloom or is Mother Nature simply trying to cheer us up?

Note: We also mentioned last week the fact that daffodils are already emerging from their slumber since late October, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


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