Typical Tea Canister†
The shiny, redish material is the inner bark.
|Unpolished Tea Canister ‡|
Although the typical horizontal bands found on many cherry species is still visible, this canister was created using the outer bark.
|Plum tree with typical Rosaceae flowers.|
|Plum tree showing bark.|
This in one area in which the specially bred Sakura cherry trees can differ with the rest of its family: very showy, multi-petaled flowers. Sakura are cherry trees that don't produce [edible] fruit, having been selected over the centuries for ornamental purposes.
|Full flowers of an ornamental Sakura tree; |
horizontally-striated bark also shown.
|A close-up of the leaves and flowers of one Sakura, used as landscaping in Virginia.|
|This sakura, found in Morioka, Japan, is so old and large that it not only |
needs supports to keep it standing, it also split the boulder
on which it originally grew (in a small crack on the rock's surface).