The term "Sakura" means cherry blossom in Japanese, and it is also used to refer to the cherry trees that produce these flowers. Sakura are the most popular species for bonsai, which are miniature versions of full-sized trees grown in containers. Bonsai artists use pruning and wiring techniques to shape the trees and create an artistic representation of nature. Sakura bonsai are highly valued for their beauty and symbolism, as they evoke the transient nature of life and the graceful acceptance of destiny. Sakura bonsai can be found in many colors, such as pink, white, red, purple and black, depending on the cultivar. The most common one for the cherry blossoms is the Prunus serrulata. Sakura bonsai usually bloom in late winter or early spring, and the blossom season is celebrated in Japan as a cultural event.