Ornamental Cherries Resources

Online pages and other resources related to ornamental cherries

  1. wcutler
    Akane-gumo Sakura pages
    This seems to be a private home page with many sakura photos as well as photos of other flowers, some organized by blooming season. If you put the page link into a Google search, you have the option to see the page translated. Forum user JT1 has provided specific links to various pages at Ornamental Cherries Resources Discussion.

    Link location 那須の里山花図鑑
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 19 Oct 2017; last confirmed 11 Jan 2018

    Arthur Lee Jacobsen: Japanese Sato zakura in Seattle

    Arthur Lee Jacobson's Plant of the Month page for April, 2005. The author of the book Trees of Seattle gives descriptions and rather small photos of several cultivars.

    Link location Plant of the Month
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 26 Feb 2011; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Arthur Lee Jacobsen: Trees of the Rose Family in Victoria, B.C
    This article was written by W. Herb Warren, edited and lengthened by Arthur Lee Jacobson. The article has descriptions but no photos of rose family flowering trees in Victoria - hawthorns, mountain ashes, crabapples, laurels, plums, peaches, apricots, almonds and cherries. Locations are given for several ornamental cherry cultivars.

    Link location Article - Trees of the Rose Family in Victoria, B.C. by Arthur Lee Jacobson
    Submittedby wcutler
    Submitted date 14 May 2011; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Cherry Blossom Reports from Japan-Guide
    This is a link to the 2012 "Official cherry blossom reports by japan-guide.com. It has links to reports with photos of cherry blooming in several Japanese locations. The sidebar has links to reports from other years and to hanami hotspots

    Link location Cherry Blossom Report 2012
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 15 Apr 2012; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Cherry Cultivars of the Vancouver Area
    This page on the VCBF web site, written by UBCBG's Douglas Justice, has brief descriptions of 54 cultivars in alphabetical order, with a blossom photograph accompanying each. Where there is a media player bar, you can click the arrow to hear the Japanese pronunciation.

    Link location Cherry Cultivars | Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 25 Feb 2011; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Coombes Eyewitness Handbooks - Trees
    This is a book: Coombes, Eyewitness Handbooks - Trees, (1992, Dorling Kindersley, New York)
    Ron B posted this book recommendation a few years ago. The book has close-ups of
    P. 'Accolade'*
    P. 'Amanogawa'*
    P. avium*
    P. avium 'Plena'*
    P. cerasus*
    P. incisa
    P. jamasakura
    *
    P. 'Kanzan'*
    P. 'Kiku Shidare'*
    P. maackii*
    P. padus*P. padus 'Colorata'
    P. padus 'Watereri'
    P. 'Pandora'
    P. sargentii*
    P. x schmittii
    P. serotina
    *
    P. serrula*
    P. 'Shirofugen'*
    P. 'Shogetsu'*
    P. 'Spire'*
    P. x subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
    P. x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea'*
    P. x subhirtella 'Pendula Rosea'**
    P. x subhirtella 'Stellata'*
    P. 'Tai Haku'*
    P. 'Ukon'*
    P. verecunda*
    P. x yedoensis*

    *Known to be in Seattle, outside of the arboretum and might therefore be expected to be seen in Vancouver parks, gardens and parking strips

    **Listed by Jacobson in 1996 as a synonym of P. pendula 'Pendula Rosea' and in 2006 as a synonym of P. pendula.

    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 14 May 2011; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015
    Digital Botanical Library
    I'm not sure what sigesplants.chicappa.jp is, but their pages are titled Digital Botanical Library, and they have some very detailed descriptions and photos of about 150 cherry cultivars.

    This link goes to the Google-translated start of the three index pages that have cerasus entries.

    Link location Google Translate
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 27 Apr 2011; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Flowering Cherries at Keele University Arboretum
    Flowering Cherries at Keele University Arboretum has a list of Keele's University's 150+ varieties of cherry trees and links to about a third of them, many with a decent photo of the tree and blossoms. The university is in the North Midlands [of England], about an hour from Manchester and Birmingham.

    Though the link is coded to go directly to the page, it lookslike you have to click on Our Trees on the sidebar, then Flowering Cherry Collection.

    Link location http://www.keele.ac.uk/university/nathist/trees/cherries/index.htm
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 26 Feb 2011; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs
    Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs, by Hillier Nurseries, John Hillier, Allen J. Coombes, was recommended by Ron B as an all-around reference book to have along on walks. I finally found a copy in a library and it weighs a ton, but there's supposed to be a pocket edition.\n\nThe order is a bit confusing: it seems all Prunus species are listed first, and after explaining that it includes almond, apricot, bird cherry, etc, it says "for Japanese cherries, see the end of the entry", but then it lists 'Accolade' first. The Sato-Zakura group cherries are all listed last. Prunus entries run for about 9 pages.

    This was at one time available to me on Google Preview, which is the link supplied here. If you're unable to see the Prunus pages, you will still be able to see what the manual looks like

    Link location Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 26 Feb 2011; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    How to distinguish similar species
    This Japanese page defies an English naming and any link to the top level. The link goes to a page that distinguishes oshima-zakura, o-yama-zakura, yama-zakura and kan-hizakura. Some others are included on this page: 葉と枝による樹木検索図鑑-類似種の見分け方 他:サクラ類の検索表

    Link location 葉と枝による樹木検索図鑑−類似種の見分け方 他:オオシマザクラ-オオヤマザクラ−ヤマザクラ−カンヒザクラ
    Submitted by JT1
    Submitted date 11 Apr 2018; last confirmed 5 Jun 2018

    Japan Flower Association Cherry Picture Book - Sakura Zukan
    You can browse 380 varieties of ornamental cherries. The selection list has a small thumbnail and the names translated to English, if you view the page in English, which is the link that is given. Clicking anything on the line gives you a popup with a larger photo and brief description. The Japanese page untranslated is 桜図鑑 | 公益財団法人 日本花の会

    There are three tabs on the page. The first offers search by blooming date, size, colour and/or number of petals; the third is the browse list, which is the URL given here.

    Link location Google Translate
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 30 Apr 2018; last confirmed 30 Apr 2018

    Japan Mint
    Every year, during cherry blossom (Sakura) time around the middle of April, the premises of Japan Mint along the entire Yodo Riverside Lane, a full length of 560m, is opened to the public for one week for cherry blossom-viewing (Sakura-no-toorinuke).

    This Japanese Mint site is in English; it has small blossom photos with a brief description for 128 cultivars planted on their grounds, listed alphabetically.

    Link location Chart of Cherry Blossoms : Japan Mint
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 26 Feb 2011; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Oregon State University's Landscape Plants web site
    Select Prunus under Volume 3 for cherries and plums. There are varying number of pages of information and photos on many cultivars, including a common name list, plant habit, spring flowering, flowering branches, flower buds and flowers, trunk, bark, and general info. The photos are generally large enough and clear enough to be useful.

    The site also has some background information on scientific plant names, glossary of technical terms and a page on plant identification: examining leaves.

    Thanks to Ron B for the link.

    Link location Oregon State University, LANDSCAPE PLANTS, Vol. 3
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 26 Feb 2011; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Oriental Flowering Cherries by Paul Russell
    This 75-page circular from the US Department of Agriculture, written in 1934, contains info on the history and cultivation of Japanese cherries, and descriptions of many of the cherries we know in Vancouver. There are some drawings and black and white photos.

    The document is available online via the HathiTrust Public Domain Access.

    Link location The oriental flowering cherries / by Paul Russell. v.313(1934).
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 16 Aug 2013; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Ornamental Cherries of Vancouver - a field guide
    Ornamental Cherries of Vancouver is a handy field guide to carry around, describing the 54 cultivars we knew about in 2014. Each cultivar description includes a photo of the tree and blossoms, and one or two Vancouver locations. This book is available at the UBCBG Shop in the Garden, VanDusen's Garden Shop, GardenWorks shops and Chapters/Indigo at Broadway and Granville. It's a fund-raiser for the VCBF, and is priced at only $25 plus tax (or $28.40 total on the festival's website)

    Link location Ornamental Cherries - 2014 Edition | Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 25 Oct 2013; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Website
    There is a lot to see here, including a gallery of blossoms and locations that have appeared on some of the other pages.
    Community Events - check here for timely information on festival events, particularly Tree Talks & Walks.
    Cultivar Descriptions - this has a separate entry on this page - it has brief descriptions of 54 cultivars in alphabetical order, so if the Identification postings in this forum are too much to read, here's the place for what finally got decided.
    Blooming Now - during the blooming season, the festival's favourite locations, generally two locations in each of Vancouver's 23 neighbourhoods, are highlighted when they're in bloom, with a link to the UBC forum posting.
    Cherry Tree Map - this interactive map has around 900 locations in the lower mainland and allows you to filter by location or cultivar, or to see only the ones selected as festival favourites, or see only what's blooming during a specified time period.
    Cherry Scouts - here's a description of what the Cherry Scout program is about, and an invitation to join the scouts
    Scout Corner - information of interest to official and unofficial cherry scouts.
    Blog - some helpful articles on what to look for when you're looking at our trees, as well as heads up on featured events.

    Link location Welcome to Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival | Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 26 Feb 2011; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Vancouver Sakura Diary
    This Japan-Guide site has a lot of information and photos of the Vancouver cherry scene, though some of the tree names are different from what we're using. Of particular interest are the Beginner's Guide to Cherry Blossom Viewing, The Best Hanami Spots of Vancouver, Cherry tree species (blossom and tree photo and brief info, with links to fuller information and locations for each cherry listed) and the photo collection at Vancouver Sakura Diary 2001 (with "more" showing images and locations from 2002), which shows photos with descriptions as the season progresses).

    Link location Vancouver Sakura Diary
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 26 Feb 2011; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015

    Wikimedia Commons: Species of Sakura
    I can't really recommend all of the links on this page, but the collection of 112 photos on the page itself seem mostly to have been added by a knowledgeable person, though it's not clear who that is.

    Link location Category:Species of sakura - Wikimedia Commons
    Submitted by wcutler
    Submitted date 22 Apr 2013; last confirmed 29 Oct 2015