In Japan's Nara period (710–794) a tradition began of watching and appreciating the cherry blossom, called Sakura. The short period in which the cherries bloom has become a national obsession and is a period of great importance to the Japanese.
Cherry blossom bonsai blossom trees have many names. These may be called Japanese Cherry blossom bonsai, Hill Cherry blossom bonsai, East Asian Cherry blossom bonsai and Oriental Cherry blossom bonsai. This belongs to the Prunus species of plants which includes peaches, plums, almonds, and apricots. There are about 420 varieties of this species and the prunus serrulata is the most popular. Cherry blossom bonsai blossoms are not just found in Japan. It is also native to China and Korea.