Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kwanzan Cherry Trees - Macro Study

Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama, has a stand of cherry trees beside their Fine Art Building that literally stops traffic every spring.

These ornamental cherry trees are what I believe to be Kwanzan cherry trees.

Extraordinarily showy, its bundles of huge double pink blossoms last longer than those of other flowering ornamental cherry trees, such as the Yoshino.

The Kwanzan is a vase-shaped tree with a rounded crown that spreads as it ages, making it taller than wide at maturity.

My understanding is that these trees are fruitless cultivars.

I read this morning that both Kwanzan and Yoshino cherry trees are planted in Washington D. C. and Macon, Georgia for their annual Cherry Blossom Festivals.

I feel certain they must be planted and celebrated in other cities and towns across America in similar festivals.

I'm celebrating them today with my own personal virtual Cherry Blossom Festival!

Unlike other ornamental cherry trees, the leaves of the Kwanzan cherry begin to grow while the tree is still in bloom, which creates a gorgeous study of complementary colors.

Exquisite. There wasn't a bad shot in the bunch.

"In full bloom, an ornamental cherry tree branch extends out over a moat at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. The flowering cherry tree, or sakura, is one of the most exalted flowering plants in Japan, where the blossoms’ short but beautiful blooming time is a symbol for the evanescence of human life." (Unknown)

Are you enjoying Spring as much as I am?

9 comments:

Bo Mackison said...

I'm a true fan of cherry blossoms - so frilly and delicate. Loved these photos--I can understand why these trees would stop traffic!

The Garden Ms. S said...

Oh my, they look like peonies on a tree. Sweet!

Daniel Spurgeon said...

GORGEOUS photos, Debi! I like your macro study!

Steve Borichevsky said...

I think we have some of these up here in Gloucester.

Eve said...

Your photos are even more beautiful than the tree!!! Thanks Debi I needed to see them. It looks like pink snow below my Kwanzan Cherry...and the bugs are eating it alive!!! Boo hoooo hoooo!!!

joey said...

Stunning photos shoot, Debi!

nancybond said...

Your photos are exquisite, Debi! What beautiful blooms. And I love your dreamy looking header photo. :)

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

What gorgeous blossoms!

Bird Girl said...

You are the 'macro master'! I'm so glad you had your own personal cherry blossom festival because you brought us all these gorgeous pictures! I think the older I get the more I appreciate this small window of beauty each spring and one more chance to see the blossoming flowers and trees. Your photographs are simply lovely!

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