1884, from Japanese.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Examples from the Web for sakura
Ume (plum blossom), and Sakura (cherry), were the names of Matsuo's brothers.
Thus in ways more than one is the sakura the flower of the nation.
Yes, the sakura has for ages been the favorite of our people and the emblem of our character.
The other day I made a consecrated banner for the grave of little Sakura Maru, your uncle.
The story of Sakura Sogoro, who fell a martyr to the cause of oppressed peasants, has become a classic.Japan and the California Problem