April 20, 2022. Double white flowers from two very different cherries. Broadly-spreading ‘Shirotae’ are well past their prime except in the coldest areas. Prunus avium ‘Plena’ are tall trees much more upright than spreading, and they are just coming into bloom now. They have the sweet cherry species characteristic of sepals that fold back to the stem, so that from the back of the flowers you see a dot instead of a green star.

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‘Shirotae’ in the Sunshine Coast neighbourhood, photo by Shirley Willard.
Avium ‘Plena’ in the Riley Park neighbourhood, photo by Laura Blumenthal.

These have been featured photos on the Blooming Now page.