Identification: Prunus pendula 'Stellata', Star Cherry - Single pink, early mid-season

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  1. Joseph Lin

    Joseph Lin Active Member 10 Years

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    This cherry flowers look like weeping Higan cherry (Pendula). They are small, deep pink, bell shape with five petals, most of them 5 flowers together, without apparent weeping branches. This cherry tree with the other three are located by the planetarium.
     

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Re: What kind of cherry? Early mid-season single pink

    Cherry scout Melody Hessing has been not posting these photos because she can't identify what they are. The snow adds a nice challenge, don't you think? It's my fault - I told her I wanted photos of snow on blossoms, but can't get them in the West End. I thought it looked like some sort of pendula but it didn't look pendulous. Could it be what Joseph is asking about? These are atSE intersection 15th Avenue and Crown Street, at Jules Quesnel School and Lord Byng Pool, across from 3985 West 15th Avenue.
     

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    Re: What kind of cherry? Early mid-season single pink

    The top one looks like Prunus pendula 'Stellata':

    Dark pink buds open to pale pink, tightly clustered single flowers, to 1 3/8" wide, as many as 10 per bud, with an extremely long season of bloom in spring. The name refers to the petal edges rolled inwards so as to accentuate the star-like appearance

    --Jacobson, North American Landscape Trees (1996, Ten Speed, Berkeley)

    The bottom one resembles P. x subhirtella 'Whitcomb'.
     
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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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    Re: Prunus pendula 'Stellata' - Single pink, early mid-season

    I agree with Ron's assessment. 'Whitcomb' in the snow. Beautiful.

    I know I'd seen 'Stellata' before, but couldn't recall where. Thank you Joseph! I think I remember specimens in southeast Vancouver, as well, but that was in the early '80s, and I believe many of those trees have been replaced by more disease resistant, less interesting trees.
     
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    Re: Prunus pendula 'Stellata' - Single pink, early mid-season

    Well, so much for my thread title of "Early mid-season" for a Whitcomb. It works for the 'Stellata' though.
     
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    Re: Prunus pendula 'Stellata' - Single pink, early mid-season

    Here's the description from Ornamental Cherries of Vancouver, by UBCBG's Douglas Justice. Douglas called this Star Cherry on the festival website, so I'm using that name on the map and whenever I refer to it..
     

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    Re: Prunus pendula 'Stellata' - Single pink, early mid-season

    they are extremely beautiful, havnt seen these before.
     
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    Re: Prunus pendula 'Stellata' - Single pink, early mid-season

    I'm adding photos from two locations of flowers past their prime, when the curled petals are hardly or not at all evident and the flowers have in some cases become almost flat.

    The first group is a tree from the Planetarium.
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    This is the tree in Queen Elizabeth Park, near the road, west of the Duck Pond, near the path down from the Quarry.
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