Plums

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  1. xd1771

    xd1771 Active Member

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    This one isn't on the map. Whitcombs, EAST side of Burrard @ Cornwall. Taking from a passing #44
     

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  2. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Re: Kitsilano

    Nor will it be - these are 'Blireiana' plum trees, so I've moved them over here to the plums thread. It's pretty hard to tell from a moving bus.
     
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    Re: Downtown - Downtown plums

    These are back in bloom again!

     
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  4. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    While I was checking out a cherry on Hudson near 57th, I saw these particularly nice old plums on 55th. Maybe one day I'll learn to name them.
     

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    Magnificent old plum tree in full bloom just south of Kitsilano pool. You cannot miss it. Very fragrant. Anyone know the history of this tree?
     

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    Also at Delamont Park, on W6th Ave, west of Maple Street is a scrawny, lonely double plum tree - doing its best to bloom.
     

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    20160207 CornwallVine Plum Willard_0748.jpg 20160207 CornwallVine Plum Willard_0760.JPG Don't think this old plum will be blooming anytime soon. Happy to see the sign, though.

     
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    Saw some pink today, at 1502 Comox St.
    The white flowered plum trees have decided to start opening their first few (very few) blossoms today - all over the west end.
    But this lone pink plum tree did catch my eye (from a block away).
     
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    Plum trees at La Casa Gelato parking lot on Venables, east of Glen.
     
  11. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Vern Gelette has sent me some photos of the 'Lindsayae' plums on View Street near Quadra. I had asked for some photos because I wanted to know if the leaves were coming out this early too, as on plums, they usually come out with the flowers. You can see a few green leaves in the first photo. It's more astonishing to me to see the new leaves this early than to see the flowers.
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    Vern wrote "blossoms are really behind where they usually are at this time of year. I recall other years ... like last year and the year before that ... when the View St blossoms were pretty much all done by Valentine’s Day."
    I'm not sure about his memory on the dates, though I don't have a record from the last two years.
    In 2009, photos were posted that were taken on March 22: Plums
    On March 10, 2013, I wrote "I've seen photos on flickr this week of these trees being in full bloom in Victoria.".
    2014, yes, we posted a link to photos taken February 17.
    This year I did get a photo on February 2 from Paul Broste, who took this photo when he visited his daughter's apartment.
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    Just as with the (early-blooming) 'Whitcomb' cherries, the blooming dates on the early plums vary widely year-to-year. And they are not a reliable indicator of what the timing for the rest of the blooming season will be. We have had a few days of freezing weather now - it depends how long this continues and whether there will be more freezing weather in the next several weeks.

    [Edited]I just want to add this close-up cropped from the first photo, showing the single lollipop-looking flowers sticking straight out from the branch, so characteristic of plums, so different from cherries.
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    Please help me ID the white flowering tree (top left). I should know

    Pretty sure it’s a Prunus avium, but for some reason I’m not confident!
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    Thinking it may be another cherry that I do not know - so many species and cultivars out there!?

    Thank you!
     

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I am pretty sure it's an ornamental plum. For one thing, thank goodness, Prunus avium, sweet cherry, are not in bloom yet. I would usually want to see a close-up of the flowers, but that round tree shape looks quite plummy. Have a look at this blog posting on the VCBF website: Plum Trees vs Cherry Trees: How to tell - Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
     
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    Wendy sent me to see these plums while here in Victoria - in full bloom on a glorious sunny day! On View Street from Vancouver Street to Blanchard.
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    Ye Olde Plum Tree at Kitsilano Beach Park is blooming now.

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    Beautiful shots!
     
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    The Sakana Bistro has some late blooming decorative little plum trees in pots doing a late blossom.
     

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  18. Douglas Justice

    Douglas Justice Active Member UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society 10 Years

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    Plastic. Nice try.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    And they look like cherry inflorescences anyway - those are harder to find! Except the petals aren't notched.
     
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    Yes and this location has been closed for awhile with the Christmas ornaments still hanging off the branches. I also saw a grove of these trees one summer up at Brockton Point in Stanley Park during a Hallmark movie shoot in the middle of summer.
     
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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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    The best fake cherry blossoms I've ever seen are in the Keanu Reeves vehicle, 47 Ronin.
     
  22. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    My favourite Prunus x blireiana has a P. cerasifera accompaniment from its rootstock this year. Note the excellent example of the lollipop resemblance in the structure around the middle, if I say so myself. On Bute at Stovold Lane (north of Barclay).
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    Wendy, here's a Blireiana in full bloom for you at March 22, 2021 in a yard on the south side of W. 12th, east of Fir.

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Nice unrolling leaves and lollipops too. Tootsie Pops - do they even still exist?
     
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    Anne Eng Contributor 10 Years

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    This is what a Plum looks like when it wants to take over the world. It’s practically colonizing the whole empty lot on the east side of Main, north of E. 38. Cherry Plum, Prunus cerasifera at March 27, 2021.

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