Appreciation: Cherries that look like real trees

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Cherries that look like real trees

    We're not doing much to promote the idea that ornamental cherries can be good-looking trees. Most of what gets posted on our forums are fat poles with a bunch of skinny limbs affixed at the graft point, with or without huge cankers to emphasize the graft.

    I've been thinking we could use a collection of photos of good-looking trees, to create some awareness of what real trees look like. These photos have all been posted in the Neighbourhood Blogs, so it's not really that we've never seen photos of good-looking trees. They just are not really featured here.

    Most of the trees I want to post here are not grafted, though some might be low-grafted, maybe even onto some compatible rootstock. There is one posting before this one, as I copied in one from a Neighbourhood Blog dating from before this thread was started.

    Even 'Whitcomb' can look nice. The first one is in Ferndale, on Axton Road. Anne Eng's photo is on Fleming at 32nd.
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    'Beni-shidare': In the first photo, the tree at the back seems maybe not to be grafted, Anne Eng's photo. The second tree is at 13th and Fir.
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    'Somei-yoshino': Mariko Izaki was very fond of this tree that she photographed at Prince Edward and Woodstock. Festival Volunteer Betty Kao photographed the second photo at UBC. The third is Mariko's photo from Queen Elizabeth Park.
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    'Akebono': Douglas Justice has mentioned several times that these trees are not hard to root from cuttings. Some of the new plantings do seem to not be grafted and not be pinched to an unnatural shape. Here is a nice possibly ungrafted tree on 21st at Tupper.
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    Anne Eng photographed this 'Tai Haku' at Fleming and 39th.
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    'Ukon': I called this "not a Ukon", but probably it is an 'Ukon', at Washelli Cemetery in north Seattle.
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    'Snow Goose': I saw this tree at Savill Garden, Windsor. Most of the new 'Snow Goose' plantings seem at least to be low grafted. This one is assumed to have been grown from a cutting.
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    We haven't got a name for this yet, but we know it was grown from seed, at Fremlin and 43rd. This is Douglas Justice's photo.
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    'Choshu-hizakura', the only one we know, on 27th east of Ash:
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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Re: Cherries that look like real trees

    Invasive out your way, but straight natural type Prunus avium can make a tree 30 metres tall, occasionally even 35 metres, and with a trunk up to a metre and a half diameter.

    Example: http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/photos/16356/
     
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    Re: Cherries that look like real trees

    Michael, I know mazzard cherries want to grow straight and tall, but I if were going to post a photo of a nice-looking one (and I was not going to do that, but now I feel I have to in their defense), I would not have chosen one that looked quite like that (though it is instructive to see it). Here are some Prunus avium I like in the city. Trees are at Burnaby and Cardero in the West End, 66th near Adera, and what I was told was probably an old orchard tree on the corner of 54th and Osler.
     

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    Re: Cherries that look like real trees

    Here is a 'Shirofugen' photo I just came across from the Washelli Cemetery in Seattle.
     

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    Here is an 'Ukon' posted by @Nadia White Rock in 2012 from 17 Ave and 137 Street in the White Rock neighbourhood.
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    I hope to figure out what this tree is next year! A mid-season bloomer, on Malvern Street in Burnaby.
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