Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’
Kwanzan Japanese Cherry
Front Street, Marietta PA
Marietta Area Business Association, James Sagris
According to the Marietta Area Busi- ness Association, town resident James Sagris planted 250 trees along Front Street in the 1900s. Now for two weeks in April, a mile-long display of cherry trees form the focus of Marietta’s Cherry Blossom Festival during which town restaurants offer “cherry-enhanced dinners, drinks and des- serts.” Toward the end of the bloom, celebrants are invited to “follow a time-honored Japanese custom of picnicking under the trees as they shed their beautiful petals.”
The floral display and festival harken to the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., where almost 13% of the Japanese cherry trees are also of the Kwanzan variety.
This amazing cultivar, celebrated for its profuse bloom of deep pink, double flowers, is rated near the very top of ornamental trees in the world.
[The first photo is from MABA]