Prunus, continued from last...
...Continued from last week's post.
|Prunus 'Tai-haku' blossom|
(Above and below) Prunus 'Tai-haku', (sometimes written Tae-haku) and also known as Great White Cherry. I wasn't sure about last week's tree because it seemed to be in flower too early. But this one is right on time.
[The usual 'Sato Zakura' flowering sequence is: 1. Shirotae 2. Cheal's Weeping Cherry 3. Hokusai 4. Tai-haku 5. Ukon 6. Kanzan 7. Pink Perfection 8. Amanogawa 9. Shirofugen 10. Shimidsu (aka 'Shimidsu Sakura', 'Shôgetsu')]
|Prunus 'Tai-haku' - mature tree|
This tree is one of the magnificent line of mixed cherry-trees along the A350 outside the hotel at Beanacre, near Melksham. (Shirotae, Tai-Haku, Kanzan, Shirofugen.) - photos taken 23/04/2010.
|Prunus 'Tai-haku' - young tree|
|Prunus 'Tai-haku' - flowers|
The unfeasibly large single flowers, as Viz would put it. Noticeably bigger than any other cherry.
|Prunus 'Tai-haku' - flower buds|
|Prunus 'Tai-haku' - emerging leaves|
(Above and below) This tree is at the other end of Beanacre, outside Midway Farm. Wild Cherry (Prunus avium), showing the characteristic system of whorled branches, common in conifers but rather unusual in a broad-leafed species. Unfortunately, this handsome tree is showing a few signs of decline. On the right of the photo below, you can see a large "witch's broom", a hanging frond with crowded early leaves - caused by the fungus Taphrina cerasi, I believe, but arboriculturists may know better.
(Below) The next in sequence, Prunus 'Ukon', the blossom opening creamy yellow among brown leaves. A fragrant tree.
And Prunus 'Kanzan' is on its way...