Japanese Cherry - Prunus serrulata Rose Family (Rosaceae)

This tree is native to East and South China, Japan, and Korea. Cherry blossoms are the national flower of Japan and symbolize life, good health, and happiness.1

The epithet, serrulata, means saw-like teeth and likely references the serrated leaves of this species.1

Birds relish the fruits, though they are not plentiful.1

Stems are reddish-brown with lenticels and large buds. Leaves are alternate, simple, lanceolate to ovate, serrated margins, dark green on the upper surface and light green beneath.1