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April 24, 2022. Our cherries have no idea that we’ve passed the festival’s end date. These ‘Kiku-zakura’ are just starting to shine. The name appropriately means “chrysanthemum cherry”. We are more familiar with a weeping cultivar with similar flowers, but these fairly small trees have a distinctive goblet structure. As the flowering develops, they will also have distinctive two-story flowers. These rare flowers are much smaller than ‘Kanzan’ and they have many more petals.

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‘Kiku-zakura’ in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood, photo by Allison Sato.
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‘Kiku-zakura’ in the West End neighbourhood, photo by Shirley Willard.

These have been featured photos on the Blooming Now page.

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