Kwanzan Cherry Orchard near Lake Lure

Named after a mountain in Japan, the Kanzan (Kwanzan) cherry tree is native to China, Japan and Korea. The original name is ‘Sekiyama,’ but it is rarely used. Introduced to America in 1903, it was made famous by the glorious floral displays at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Upon entering Apple Valley Golf Club just north of Lake Lure, you’ll find this large collection of trees beside the first fairway. Known as the showiest of the pink flowering trees, the large carnation like blossoms hang on stems of three to five flowers. This variety produces no fruit.

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