April 27, 2022. Here is a ‘Pink Perfection’ in Burnaby. It is a hybrid of ‘Shogetsu’ (also shown), from which it takes its delicate structure and frilly petal margins, and ‘Kanzan’, which clearly give it its colour.
April 26, 2022. Surely you’ve seen ‘Kanzan’ flowers by now. Have you seen them with white flowers in the mix? These “Vancouver Specials” can occur anywhere grafted cherries are planted, when the usual Prunus avium, or sweet cherry, rootstock is used. If rootstock suckers start to grow and are not removed, this vigourous growth can completely take over the tree. In the meantime, you get these curious two-tone trees. We’ve collected lots of photos at Magical two-tone trees | UBC Botanical Garden Forums.
April 25, 2022. It’s overwhelmingly about ‘Kanzan’ in the parade of Festival Favourites in Bloom below, but we’re smitten by ‘Shogetsu’, by how those large white flowers with their frilly petal edges hang so delicately from such long stems. Here are two photos from Nitobe Memorial Garden.
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.
April 23, 2022. If you want to distinguish cherries with double white flowers, timing can be everything. Right now, ‘Shogetsu’ blossoms are emerging with green leaves, while ‘Shiro-fugen’ leaves can be a stunning deep bronze.
April 22, 2022. ‘Kanzan’ time! Fourteen years ago we were told the City of Vancouver had over 11,000 ‘Kanzan’ just on street boulevards, not counting parks and not counting privately planted trees. If you live here and can’t find some of these to admire, you’re just not trying.
April 21, 2022. Double pink flowers, again from two very different cherries, though it took us a long time to figure that out. ‘Pink Perfection’ are very slight trees that will never form an arch over any street. Note details here of the minute cuts on the petal edges, and the little flags at the tips of the stamens. These have green leaves when the flowers emerge. There are very few of these around. ‘Kanzan’, the most commonly planted cherry in Vancouver, can be robust trees that are often planted on both sides of a whole block, forming an arch over the street. Their leaves emerge bronze to accompany the flowers.
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.
April 19, 2022. These two photos were taken at the group of four ‘Ukon’ trees at the Ring Gear Monument on Pacific Boulevard. One of the trees has flowers coloured more like ‘Gyoiko’. Does that mean it really is ‘Gyoiko’? Maybe we will figure this out one day.
April 18, 2022. Look at all those petals on these ‘Kiku-shidare-zakura’. They are named chrysanthemum flowers for good reason – they can have more than 100 petals on flowers that don’t get larger than 3.5cm across. “Shidare” in the name indicates that they’re weeping trees.