“Cherry blossom is a pruning waste product. This means that the tree is grown for the fruit only. To ensure that the tree grows every year and gives delicious cherries, the grower must prune it annually in a certain shape. The first year the tree grows in length but does not bear any fruit.
The cherry blossom branches give blossom every year, but not fruit every year. The tree will give fruit on wood and branches two years of age, so when you’re pruning you have to cut off the annual fruit so that you keep the other branches for the fruit. When it’s time to do this, I go to the orchard to prune.”