Monday, April 15, 2019

Prunus 'Ichiyo'

Prunus 'Ichiyo'. Frome, 12th April 2019.

A youngish cherry tree, planted beside new sheltered housing in Frome around 12 years ago.

It's a mid-season zakura cherry (later than 'Shirotae' and 'Tai-Haku', but earlier than 'Kanzan'). I'm fairly confident that this is Prunus 'Ichiyo'.

Though still young, this tree has grown quite tall and already has a flattened top, promising an impressive lateral spread in years to come.

The flowers are double... About 20 petals. 'Ichiyo' means "one leaf", referring to the small pistillate pseudo-leaf in the centre of some of the blossoms (though you can see this feature on other double cherries too).

The leaves struck me as particularly broad and short -- some are even obcordate -- but I haven't heard if that's a feature for which 'Ichiyo' is known.


New buds, on 2 April 2021.



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