11 December 2008

Cold Weather Has Its Compensations

Winter cherries are starting into bloom again.
They keep us going on grey days.

Cherry Blossom on Dublin Street


Blogger Granny J said...

What, pray, are winter cherries? Aside from blooming when no self-respecting fruit tree would expose its blossoms, do these trees also bear cherries good enough to eat?

12/11/2008 6:47 pm  
Blogger Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis' is one of the many decorative flowering cherries developed in Japan over the years.

Like many hybrids, it is almost totally sterile, so no fruits are set.

I live in a suburb that was built when cherry trees were fashionable for street planting and have the good fortune to have many varieties nearby.

I'm not quite sure why "Autumnalis" sets off flowering when it does. All the others flower in May, or just a bit earlier, in April.

12/13/2008 11:42 am  

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