Sakura in Mid-Spring: ‘Kanzan’

Prunus ‘Kanzan’ blooming in a park at my workplace during the Easter weekend:


“Regarded one of the most ornamental of the flowering cherries, Prunus ‘Kanzan’ is a striking deciduous tree with several seasons of interest. In spring, it produces an amazing profusion of rich pink, double flowers, 2.5 inches wide (6 cm), held in pendent clusters. They appear before the leaves unfold. Each blossom is packed with 20-30 petals. Since ‘Kanzan’ is sterile, they will not be followed by fruit. Reddish-copper as they emerge, the serrate, ovate leaves mature to dark green in summer, forming a dense canopy casting shade below. In fall, they warm up to various shades of orange and bronze before dropping. A graceful ornamental tree with an upright, vase-shaped habit, which can be planted in containers, along walks and streets and also be used as a bonsai specimen.”

Source: Gardenia

Sakura in Early Spring: ‘Somei-Yoshino’

Prunus x yedoensis ‘Somei-Yoshino’ at Douglas Park


Prunus x yedoensis ‘Somei-yoshino’ is the most widely planted flowering cherry tree Japan. It is an early-season cultivar of medium size, 5 to 6 metres (16.5 to 20  feet) high and wide with broad, spreading branches. The single, blush-white flowers, about 3 centimetres (1.25 inches) across, open from pale pink buds and completely cover the branches before the leaves emerge. The elliptic, toothed leaves, up to 10 centimetres (4 inches) long, emerge pale bronze-green, and become dark green before they turn orange and yellow in autumn.

(Information source: RHS Grower Guide – AGM Ornamental Cherries, page 55.)

Every spring, sometime in April, I photograph these floriferous trees when they are in prime bloom. The branches, smothered in blush pink blossoms, create a canopy above the central walkway through the park.