Typhoons Prompt Japan’s Beloved Cherry Trees Into a Rare Early Bloom
Japan’s famous cherry blossoms might be associated with springtime and renewal, but this year, the flowers are making a rare second appearance in October after an unusually strong typhoon season.
More than 300 people in Japan have reported observing the iconic pink and white cherry blossoms in recent weeks. Tree expert Hiroyuki Wada attributed the unseasonable blooming to the recent typhoon season, which saw high winds whip off tree leaves.
These leaves usually release a chemical that prevents blooming until spring, The warmer post-typhoon temperatures along with the absence of hormones to inhibit blooming could have triggered the atypical flowers.