Identification: Shirofugen diversity? Or something else?

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Here's a tree on 10th at Tolmie (ne corner) that Douglas Justice told me about after his eye doctor visit when he still couldn't see clearly. He wondered if it was 'Shirofugen' or something else, as the tree habit seemed different. This tree is either not grafted or is grafted at the ground, but It didn't appear grafted to me (3rd photo shows the ground; flowers growing off the trunk were the same as all the others). It also has only two main branches instead of a whole bunch of branches grafted up high. So the question is: is that enough to make this tree have much more dense flowering than other 'Shirofugen', or is it something else? The fourth photo is supposed to show that the non-horizontal shape may be due to pruning.
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    Douglas thought that the flowers were so dense that the stems must have been short, or he saw some short stems, but all the ones I saw were very long.
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    Here's a leaf.
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  2. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I was to compare the tree in the first post with the group of 'Shirofugen' that wrap the se corner at 10th and Blanca. These trees are all grafted up high. The ones on Blanca should get about as much light as the one in the first posting. It was raining a lot harder by the time I got to these.
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    Here's the leaf.
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I noticed this 'Shirofugen' among all the 'Kanzan' on 10th east of Trimble, also on the north side. It has a similar upright shape to the one in the first posting, but it's grafted up high, with several branches. I think it's younger.
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    And the leaf.
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  4. Douglas Justice

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

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    Wow. Those eye drops are really something. Looks like 'Shiro-fugen'.
     

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