Since Мулан is princess of the month, here some thoughts about which цветок fits her the best. The movie, after all, offers some choices. The most obvious one is the magnolia, since that’s the translation of the name Mulan.
Then there is the white цветок Мулан wears in her hair when she meets the matchmaker – the same цветок she leaves behind when she goes to war. I’m not sure what kind of цветок that’s suppose to be. I first considered lotus (since the lotus is such a reveled цветок in Asia and gets often connected to the gods), but a lotus has еще petals. A white вишня blossom would have exactly five petals, but they would be еще round. There are some similarities with a white магнолия цветок или a lily, but again, both have еще petals. My best guess is the азалия - a white азалия has five petals, looks very similiar, but even еще important, in China they are a symbol for womanhood (they also symbolize taking care, temperance and fragility, еще или less everything Мулан is expected to be).
And finally, the most important of all, the цветок her father points out to her. I originally assumed that they are sitting under a вишня дерево – I think mostly because the вишня blossom is such a big deal in Япония and there are festivals surrounding it in China, too. But the “Hanami” in Япония is the one with the long tradition, while China just was inspired by it. Plus, the longer I look at it, the еще I get the impression that those blossoms are supposed to be magnolias.
Ты can compare it yourself to the picture of some magnolias at the right, the similiarity is undeniable. Also it would make the whole scene so much еще meaningful, if her father points out a late blooming "Mulan" instead of a Болталка flower. But the scripts of "Mulan" I have found so far don't specify, there is only "blossoms" written, so unless the animators give an answer, we'll never know for sure.
But I admit I like вишня blossoms better for Mulan, since magnolias are fairly sensitive flowers, and Мулан is everything but sensitive. вишня blossoms have three different meaning in the language of flowers: They stand for a good education, transience of life (Japan) and feminine beauty (China). All those meanings fit Мулан and her story nearly perfectly, although the meaning of magnolias (love of nature) works too.
In the end, I couldn’t really decide - So I made two wallpapers, one with вишня blossoms and one with magnolias, to honor the beauty of a late blooming flower.