I’ve decided to share these free Cherry Blossom drawings and illustrations, as they are one of my favourite flowers.
Cherry blossom season is a significant tourist draw for cities with parks renowned for growing ornamental cherry trees. They attract millions of visitors every spring to admire the arrival of the beautiful pink blossoms. Luckily, I don’t have to travel far, as my street is lined with Cherry blossom trees. I need to walk out the front door.
The cherry blossom drawings presented here are a mixture of botanical illustrations, vintage art and even illustrations on packaging. They are a great source of reference for those wanting to draw and paint cherry blossoms or for crafting, and they are great prints to hang on the wall.
Facts about Cherry Blossom
- Cherry blossom is probably most famously associated with Japan, where it is the national flower
- The Japanese call cherry blossom “Sakura”
- However, Cherry blossom trees grow all over the world from Australia to Brazil and France to the US.
- Cherry blossoms ornamental cultivars were introduced into Europe in the late 19th Century by an Englishman Collingwood Ingram
- Japan sent Cherry blossom trees to the US in 1912.
- Every spring the Japanese weather forecasts on the nightly news follows the sakura zensen (Cherry blossom front), as it moves Northwards across the country.
- The Japanese have a tradition of picnicking under the blossom, known as Hanami.
- The cherry blossom season lasts for about a month but each individual tree only tends to flower for about a week.
- There are hundreds of varieties of cherry blossom, it is a flower for the many trees of the genus Prunus.
- Cherry blossom and the leave from the tree are edible. They are used in recipes ranging from mochi cakes, flavoured Kit Kats to tea and cocktails.
How To Download The Cherry Blossom Drawings and Illustrations
Click on the title above the image to download and print the Cherry blossom drawing you want. A higher-resolution picture will open in a new window in your browser. If you right-click on that image with your mouse, you can print or save the image to your device.
1. Weeping Blossom Cherry Tree
Prunus Pendula is an ornamental weeping Cherry tree that has been cultivated in Japan for centuries, in spring the branches of the trees are covered in pink or white single or double blossoms that can almost touch the ground.
A Cherry blossom pencil drawing with watercolor paints by the Japanese naturalist artist Kawahara Keiga. Painted sometime between 1823-29. This is from the collection at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands.
2. Blossom of an ornamental cherry – Welcome Collection
A painting of an ornamental cherry blossom from the Welcome Collection in London.
3. Kōno Bairei Woodpecker and drooping Cherry Blossom
A Japanese woodblock print of a woodpecker and drooping cherry blossom by the artist Kono Bairei, 1883. The painting is from his well-known album of paired bird and flower paintings.
4. Wild Himalayan Cherry
A cherry blossom painting of Prunus Puddum (wild Himalayan Cherry) from the book “Neerland’s Plantentuin“, (1867).
5. Japanese Bush Cherry
A drawing of Prunus japonica more commonly known as the Japanese Bush Cherry. The illustration is from “Edwards’ botanical register, or, Ornamental flower-garden and shrubbery”.
6. Prunus Japonica
Another pencil cherry blossom drawing and watercolor by Kawahara Keiga from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center.
7. Prunus leveilleana
Kawahara Keiga pencil drawing watercolor, from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center.
8. Sargent’s Cherry Blossom Drawing
This illustration from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 1911.
9. Prunus Subhirtella
Winter flowering cherry blossom drawings in pencil and watercolor on paper by Kawahara Keiga.
10. Winter flowering Cherry
Winter flowering cherry blossom from 2Neerland’s_Plantentuin”, 1867. A wild species of cherry trees native to Japan.
11. Flowering Cherry Almond Blossom
Vintage flora illustration from the “Flore des serres et des jardins de l’Europe, Vol15.”
12. Thirty Six Views of Mt Fuji
The only painted view of Mt Fuji with cherry blossom from Hokusai famous series of paintings of Mt Fuji.
13. Vintage photomechanical print of Cherry Blossom
A beautiful photomechanical print of Cherry Blossom (1887-1897) by Ogawa Kazumasa. Original from The Rijksmuseum and digitally enhanced by Rawpixel.
14. Hasui Kawase Woodblock Print
A woodblock print of cherry blossom by Hasui Kawase as of Kiyomizu-dō Temple in Ueno, from the series Twenty Views of Tōkyō.
15. Hasui Kawase Blossom Painting
Another Hasui Kawase blossom painting ( Atagoyama in Spring), from his Tokyo series.
16. Plant-Forms Ornamentally Treated – Cherry Blossom
This 1874 cherry blossom illustration by Carter, Grace for L. Prang & Co reminds me of the Art Nouveau Flower prints on Pictureboxblue.
From the collection at the Boston Library.
17. Come To Tokyo Travel Poster
A 1930s travel poster with some Cherry blossom illustration. There are more free vintage Japanese travel posters here.
Cherry Blossom Labels on Raw Silk
The following cherry blossom drawings are from vintage labels of Japanese raw silk.
The original labels were quite small so these images will be small too.
I love the reindeer illustration among the cherry blossom on this vintage label.
I like the addition of the dragonfly on this vintage label with cherry blossom.
If you are looking for more labels there are some vintage cheese labels on Pictureboxblue.
For more cherry blossom drawings and graphics, check out the Japanese Art Prints from the Shin-Bijutsukai, traditional Japanese patterns and these Watanabe Seitei Japanese prints.
There are many more vintage flower illustrations on Pictureboxblue in the botanicals section. Which include specific flowers such as roses, hibiscus, peony paintings, Japanese Iris paintings and lily drawings.
If you love cherry blossoms as much as me, you may want to check out the blossom crafts featured in this home decor paper round-up.
Sunday 8th of May 2022
Love the Raw Silk Labels.I felt lucky to have found them buried in this curation. Thank you Pillar!
Monday 9th of May 2022
You are welcome, glad you enjoyed them.