PASADENA — The Huntington Botanical Gardens and Consulate General of Japan are giving away cherry tree saplings to public gardens, parks, schools or other community organizations.

The tree plantings are to commemorate the 2012 Japan-U.S. cherry blossom centennial, marking the anniversary of the large-scale planting of flowering cherry trees near the Tidal Basin and Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The bare-root trees will be distributed later this spring to public gardens across the Southland, the museum and consulate announced. They must be planted immediately after they are picked up.

Interested groups should email and specify the preference of cherry variety — Beni Hoshi, Pink Cloud, Okame or Campanulata — that they request.

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