Helemano Plantation plants first of 100 donated cherry blossom trees

Helemano Plantation

Helemano Plantation is welcoming several new additions, thanks to a generous gift from Japan.

The first two of 100 cherry trees were planted during a ceremony Wednesday morning. The rest are scheduled to be delivered within the year.

The Oshima cherry trees are seedlings, currently three to four feet high, but they can grow as high as 30 feet. They were raised on Hawaii Island from a 2013 shipment from Japan.

They are expected to start flowering in three to seven years, producing light pink blossoms.

Botany expert and Cherry Alley Committee advisor Tetsuo Koyama was asked to select varieties that could adapt to Hawaii’s warm, tropical climate.

The donation was made possible by the Tokyo-Shibuya Rotary Club, the Kochi-ken Makino Botanical Garden, and the Hawaii Cherry Alley Committee.

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