CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE IDENTIFICATION
Cherry blossom tree identification by the number and colour of petals and flowering sequence in spring. 16 examples are given.
In Europe the blossom is produced by cherry trees that have white or pink flowers in spring and are in the genus Prunus. Known as Ornamental Cherries they include the spectacular Japanese Flowering Cherries but also many other species and varieties that are available through garden centres and nurseries. The flowering season lasts 8 weeks from mid March to early May with each species or variety flowering for two to three weeks. The majority flower in April. Dates when photos were taken are shown. Click on any photo to enlarge it.
There are many other trees that have white or pink flowers in spring. Click HERE to find out more about them.
Cherry flowers may be white or pink and have varying numbers of petals. A ‘single’ flower has 5 petals, a ‘semi-double’ flower has 2 rows of 5 petals and a ‘double’ has 3 or more rows. ‘semi-double or double’ flowers arise when some of the rows of anthers become petals.
Sargent’s Cherry Prunus sargentii has ‘single’ pink flowers and red flower buds. Often planted in gardens, streets and parks. Late March. A popular early flowering small tree with pink flowers is Prunus ‘Accolade’ which is a cross between P. sargentii and the Winter Cherry Prunus x subhirtella