Q: You were talking on radio about the different flowering times of cherry trees. Can I get a list?
A: Flowering cherry trees can give us blooms for at least two months in spring. Their flowering times overlap so there are always blooms to enjoy on your daily commute. I need to sling some Latin at you to make sure you ask for the right tree if you buy one.
Prunus mume ‘Beni-chidori’ starts blooming when given just a few warm days in January.
Okame cherry (Prunus x incamp ‘Okame’) is the Pepto-Bismol pink tree you notice in early February.
Next to bloom is Yoshino cherry (Prunus × yedoensis), whose white flowers fade to light pink before they fall in March.
Kwansan cherry (Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’) is covered with double pink flowers that resemble chrysanthemums. Kids love to stand under it in April as you shake a limb to cover them with floral “snow”.
Autumn cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis) has small light pink blooms in fall and sometimes again in January.