Cherry blossoms vs plum blossoms. What’s the difference?


Written by aki

cherry blossom vs plum blossom

Hi, I’m AKI.


Suddenly, I have a quiz for you.

Which one do you think is the cherry blossom?

which is SAKURA



The correct answer is…







Cherry blossoms and plum blossoms are so similar that it’s easy to mistake them, but they each have their own characteristics!

In this article, I will show you how to distinguish between cherry blossoms and plum blossoms, and the tourist seasons for each.


Characteristics and tourist season of Japan’s national flower, the cherry blossom

Many cherry blossom petals have split ends.

sakura flower

Also, the axis of the flower is relatively long.

japan sakura


There are many flowers, and many flowers per branch.

It varies from region to region, but they usually start blooming in mid-March and reach full bloom in early April.



Incidentally, the cherry blossom is also known as Japan’s national flower!


By the way, cherry blossoms are written “桜(sakura)” in Japanese.

It’s also used in Japanese girls’ names!



Plum blossom characteristics and tourist season

Depending on the variety, the petals of most plum trees are round.

ume flower


It is also unique in that it has no flower axis.

plum flower

Flowering season is from late January to mid-March.


Plum trees are also known for their fragrance.

It is also used in perfumes with a Japanese flavor.


Yes, plum fruits are processed into a variety of foods.

Plum juice and plum wine are sweet and fragrant, and are loved by many people.


If you would like to know more about plum wine, please refer to my previous article on delicious plum wine(Umeshu).


Plum is written “梅(ume)” in Japanese.


Plum blossoms and cherry blossoms are both so pretty!

There are many varieties of both plum and cherry blossoms, and their colors vary.

There are many places to visit in Japan, so if the season is right, please come and see the flowers blooming in Japan.





Hello! I live in a place called Shiga, Japan. I'm not very good at English, but I'm writing this blog in the hope that I can convey some of Japan's beautiful places and delicious food to people overseas.