Friday, April 16, 2010

prunus patterns in white

(above)Prunus cerasifera (Myrobalan or Cherry Plum) when it's being floriferous. You can find other sprays in the shade with only one or two flowers among the new leaves.

(above)Prunus avium (Wild Cherry), raceme.

An ageing Prunus 'Tai-Haku' poking its head over a wall in Melksham. The older the tree gets, the more clustered its blooms become.  This is very spectacular, but it has to be weighed against other signs of ageing that are not quite so appealing, e.g. a thin crown, lots of bare branches and a lack of young shoots. (This tree has since been cut down.)

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