If you want beautiful spring photographs of your family, don’t miss the blooming Cherry Blossom trees in Central Park. Enjoy the dramatic beauty of the flowering tree that only lasts a few weeks a year.Cherry Blossoms, Central Park

Here is a list of some of my favorite locations to use as a backdrop for family photographs this time of year.

In Central Park there are numerous areas populated with the Yoshino Cherry, such as the east side of the Reservoir, Lilac Walk (northeast of Sheep Meadow), Conservatory WaterRamble (mid-Park at 72nd Street), Delacorte Theater (mid-Park at 80th Street) and at the southeast edge of Great Lawn.

The Kwanzan Cherry, also known as the Japanese Cherry, is an ornamental cherry tree that is most commonly found in Japan, Korea and China. This particular tree has double-petal pink flowers, which start to bloom in early May after the Yoshino Cherry. When these trees first bloom their leaves are bronze colored and then turn dark green to yellow to orange and then finally to copper in autumn. These trees are fairly small, growing to reach 25 to 30 feet, and have a wide vase-shaped spreading crown. The life span of the Kwanzan Cherry, which does not produce fruit, is 15 to 25 years.

There are several locations where the Kwanzan Cherry resides in Central Park, including the West side of the Reservoir, East Green, West of Metropolitan Museum at East 83rd to 84th Streets, East Drive at 74th Street, Bethesda Terrace (mid-Park at 72nd Street), across the east Drive from the Loeb Boathouse and at the Southeast corner of the Great Lawn Oval. http://www.centralpark.com/guide/attractions/cherry-blossom-trees.html

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