NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Yoichi Wakita, a scientist at the Hokkaido Prefecture Forestry Research Institute in Japan, has created a new variety of sakura that can withstand forty degrees of frost.
Wakita named this new variety of the Japanese cherry-sakura, Nur-Sultan, in honour of one of the coldest capitals in the world, the Kazakh television channel Khabar 24 reported.
Wakita said the plant is intended for cold regions of the world. Nur-Sultan sakura is both a scientific experiment and a gift-wish to the Kazakh people, he said.
“Admiring the blooming sakura is the fundamental cultural code of the Japanese nation, and, according to Buddhist beliefs, sakura blossoms traditionally mark the arrival of spring. Thus, I express the hope that Kazakhstan will effectively cope with the spread of coronavirus infection and will quickly recover from the crisis,” Wakita said.
According to the Japanese scientists, the Nur-Sultan sakura variety is the most frost-resistant of all known varieties. So, if the trees are planted in the capital of Kazakhstan, they will easily endure snowy and cold winters, and every year with the onset of heat they will delight Kazakhs with their truly unusual flowering. Japanese scientists hope that soon a sakura park may be created in the Kazakh capital.
According to scientists, the Nur-Sultan sakura will become one of the attractions of the capital of Kazakhstan not only because it can withstand severe frosts but also because unlike the classic sakura with five petals, each Nur-Sultan flower has ten white petals that will symbolise a snowy winter in the capital of Kazakhstan.