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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    This street looks great right now - pink plums on both sides of the street for two blocks along E 4th Ave, east of Rupert St.
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    There are mostly white plums on E 3rd Ave from Penticton going east to Kaslo, missing out only one block, and then pink plums continue from Kaslo to Windermere. This pink plum with white plum understock is on 3rd at Slocan.
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    There are still many beautiful plum in Arbutus Ridge community. The first two plum are "Negra"-leaved plum, and the other three are purple-leaved plum.
     

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    Plums E.59th Ave. between Kerr and Rupert

    The plums mentioned by Mayling March 24 are at their best April 3.
    And nearby at 3069 E. 56th at Lancaster is a double flowered plum.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    The common darker pink double purpleleaf plum is Prunus x blireiana.
     
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    Here's the future. A newly planted prunus cerisifera nigra in the 3700 block of West 24th - a street otherwise filled with late double cherries, still barely in bud (see third picture below). April 20, 2008
     

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  7. JenD

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    Re: Plums - FIRST POSTING FOR 2009

    First posting in 2009

    Some plums are coming into bloom in Victoria - these trees are on the northwest corner of Quadra @ Market
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    Re: Mount Pleasant

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    These trees are in bloom between Main and Sophia on 26th. The ones closer to Main street have more open blossoms than the ones near Sophia. The blossoms look like Prunus Spire, but the tree shapes are more spreading than the example shown in Douglas's book. I am experimenting with photo sizing here Wendy, so please bear with me.

    Their was a heavy rain this morning followed by intense sun, so I did catch a whiff of a beautiful scent coming off these blossoms as the floral oils heated up.
     
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    Re: Mount Pleasant

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    These trees are across from Heritage Hall off Main Street. I think they are Spires. Check out the way there are stems coming directly out of the ground. How does that happen with a graft?
     
  10. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    It's hard to tell the single white blossoms at first, but once you get it, you really get it. These are plums, and the Main and Sophia ones as well. That centre blossom photo looks sort-of like a bunch, but it's really a cluster of single stems off the branch instead of a bunch inside the same set of bracts. There are 17,000 of these things around the city - you'll get to have a good look at them. Until you just know them, you'll have to get up close and personal with them and see how the stems come off the branches. Spire cherries are usually skinny (I think I can say ugly - Douglas certainly has said that), have red calyxes, and the petals are notched. And they're not out yet, which will help for a while.
     
  11. Ron B

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    The most important ornamental plums in Victoria are the 'Lindsayae', with their unique almond pink, single early flowers on purple shoots - but with green leaves!

    Outside of my own garden I have only seen this variety in Victoria and in Britain (Hillier Arboretum, maybe one other collection I no longer remember having it). It is also listed for the US National Arboretum. It should be propagated and introduced to Vancouver.

    "This rare, beautiful, large-growing variety is only to be seen on city boulevards, notably Richmond Avenue below Richardson, Pearl Street and Gorge Road; also recently planted on View Street. Largest is one behind the concert stage in Beacon Hill Park, 47' high and 45' wide"

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    I'll see if I can find these, Ron
     
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    Re: Plums (in Victoria)

    Here are some plum trees in the Ross Bay Cemetery (last Sunday)
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    As long as a Victoria component is going to be included hopefully the other rare kinds of Prunus mentioned on Jacobson's web site (link, above) will be found and photographed. Probably not all specimens known to be there 20 years ago will still be present, of course.
     
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    Re: Plums (Victoria)

    Here are some more ornamental plum trees in Victoria:

    Oak Bay (alley from Oak Bay Avenue to the Library parking lot) 2009-04-05

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    Hillside Avenue (hanging over the wall of the Fifth Street Bar & Grill parking lot) 2009-04-06

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    Cook Street @ Rockland Avenue 2009-04-07

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    Cook Street @ Burdett Avenue 2009-04-07

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    the following have been identified (by experts!) as cherries and moved:

    Cook Street @ McClure Street 2009-04-07
    Trutch Street (garden of B&B) 2009-04-09
    Collinson Street @ Trutch Street 2009-04-09
     
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    Douglas Justice Active Member UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society 10 Years

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    Great pictures! The last three sets are cherries, not plums.
     
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    Thanks, Douglas ... I'm more apt to think plums are cherries, usually, being very new to this. I'll delete and reload to the Victoria BC cherry neighbourhood blog.
     
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    Re: Plums - Victoria

    Photos taken 2009-04-15 on Richmond south of Richardson

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    Crab-apples have replaced the plums mentioned by Jacobson at this location

    Prunus cerasifera 'Lindsayae' is a single-flowered pink plum with green leaves. This rare, beautiful, large-growing variety is only to be seen on city boulevards, notably Richmond Avenue below Richardson ....
     
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    Douglas Justice Active Member UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society 10 Years

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    Jen,

    They look like crab apples to me. You may need to take a closer look. Cherries and plums typically have glabrous (non-hairy) leaves, except rarely on petioles (leaf stems) and on the veins on the leaf undersides. Apple and crab apple leaves are usually obviously softly hairy when they emerge. In both apple and pear the floral cup is closed (you can only see the slender, upper part of the ovary (the style) and the pollen-receptive tip (the stigma), while the entire ovary is visible in both cherry and plum. The petals are also different, in that they're more tennis racket-shaped in the apple and more egg-shaped in cherry and plum.
     
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    Yes: definitely a crabapple. Same or similar (there are hundreds of kinds) is also blooming at the University of Washington.
     
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    Thanks for the excellent info, Douglas, and for your patience - as you can tell I am a complete newbie. I couldn't get close enough to really see, they are tall trees. It was the location given by Jacobson ... I guess those plums are gone now.

    Should I remove these pictures, so as not to confuse others?
     
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    Thanks, Ron. In that case, the trees mentioned by Jacobson are no longer at this location.
     
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    Re: Plums - Victoria

    Photos taken 2009-03-22 on View Street between Blanshard and Quadra

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    Jacobson: Prunus cerasifera 'Lindsayae' is a single-flowered pink plum with green leaves. This rare, beautiful, large-growing variety is only to be seen on city boulevards, notably Richmond Avenue below Richardson, Pearl Street and Gorge Road; also recently planted on View Street. Largest is one behind the concert stage in Beacon Hill Park, 47' high and 45' wide.
     
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    Beauty on Graveley

    Do we know how lucky we are to have such beauty at our fingertips? Graveley Street had consistent beautiful trees from Renfrew to Nanaimo.
     

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