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It did not cause an international incident, but it set the planting of the cherry trees back a bit.
Today, Turkey is the largest grower of cherries, and China is fast becoming a new consumer.
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs from April 4 to April 28.
There are 35 types of flowering cherry trees in the city, including Akebono, Yoshino, Shogetsu and Shirofugen.
The park service has maintained cuttings of those trees and replanted their offspring ever since.
They were: 1,800 Yoshino, 100 weeping Ariake, 120 Fugenzo, 50 Fukurokuju, 20 very pretty Gyoiko (all planted on the White House grounds), 160 late-flowering Ichiyo, 80 Jo-niol, 350 dark pink double Kwan-zan.
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(Interesting note: She was born Beatrix Jones, of the wealthy social New York Jones family.