Hangzhou citizens have the tradition of appreciating cherry blossoms at Taiziwan every spring. This has been a kind of ritual for local people. However, some cherries in the park have recently bloomed for a second time this year. According to the staff of Phoenix Hill Management Office, the cherries in blossoms are “Prunus subhirtella ‘Accolade’” which is known for its medal-shaped flowers and is the only cherry variety that can bloom twice a year (March-April, and October-December).
Although Prunus subhirtella ‘Accolade’ are not so flourishing in autumn as in spring, the pink flowers are especially eye-catching amid dominant autumn scenery. The Prunus subhirtella ‘Accolade’ are mainly planted in Wangshanping Region of Taiziwan Park and will bloom even more brightly in the next few days if temperature permits.