Sunshine Coast/Gulf Islands

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  1. Georgia Strait

    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    Magical two-tone trees on the side of Field Road in Wilson Creek (Sechelt) outside the GM car dealership (across from Shell gas stn)

    see also separate thread started by @wcutler
     

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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    How did you take those photos Georgia??? Lol.
     
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    Haha true enuf —- car passenger of driver who doesn’t fully understand the blossom compulsion so I just got what I could without dropping phone out window! The things we do for love of spring! :)
     
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    based on your post @Willard i took a few minutes yesterday to hanami under this grove — wow!

    (Sechelt Visitor Center near library and pool)

    Thank you reminding us about it

    I like the contrast with the big cedar “snag” artwork sculpture in the courtyard

    I am curious about cherry (all plant) names and histories and found this interesting from UK @Acerholic
    “Will the real prunus Fugenzo please stand up”

    https://www.keele.ac.uk/media/k-microsites/k-arboretum/downloads/Prunus_Fugenzo.pdf

    PS - there is a Kanzan next to the Highway at this same visitor Center building
     

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    Of all the places to find a cherry blossom tree! Definitely a nominee for most unlikely spot to find an ornamental cherry blossom tree

    the seawall in Gibsons Landing Harbour yesterday — I rarely go down there and an out-of-town visitor initiated the walk

    This tree is truly a rose (color blossom) amongst the thorns (that is a fortress of invasive blackberry — likely holding the old building up :)

    I have no idea how someone planted this tree —

    The tree has a fantastic view of Howe Sound waters and mountains

    there are some other blossom trees in nearby seawall private gardens so I couldn’t get very close to ascertain species & photograph — I think I might have recorded crab apple? I know there are old volunteer apple trees blooming around town now.
     

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    ‘Ama-no-gawa’ in fourth and fifth photograph.
    Well spotted.
     
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    It was by chance!
    Start at Winegarden Park (2 trees next to “Log Henge”) and walk down the slope to
    the seawall

    proceed north-east toward Mollys Reach

    under the big old wharf ramp

    continue toward Armors Beach

    The trees are in various yards between wharf and armors beach
     
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    Saw this wee sprite of a tree next to the huge SCRD water tanks on the north side of Reed Rd just east of Payne Rd (new subdivision and paved pathway) in Gibsons

    may it have a wonderful and no « pruning » haircut-free life because this is an ideal setting for a gorgeous naturally-branched tree
     

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    Noticed this tree while meandering on pathways around the Town of Gibsons water tank off Payne Road — close to IGA & Starbucks

    it’s in a private strata and is very pretty from my vantage point over the fence
     

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    Two young ‘Shiro-fugen’ at NW corner of Sunnycrest Mall, at the north end of Sunnycrest Rd.

    Lots of room to spread out here.
    20220507 SunnycrestRd Shiro-fugen Willard1:5.jpeg 20220507 SunnycrestRd Shiro-fugen Willard2:5.jpeg 20220507 SunnycrestRd Shiro-fugen Willard3:5.jpeg 20220507 SunnycrestRd Shiro-fugen Willard4:5.jpeg 20220507 SunnycrestRd Shiro-fugen Willard5:5.jpeg

    Looks like they will be blooming for another 2 weeks.
     
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    I noticed this small weeping tree in the pretty garden at the corner of Payne Road pathway & the pathway beside the tall long berm that leads to huge silver roof water tank (duck pond)

    this garden was all decorated for Easter (cute!)

    can you see weeping tree w small pink blossoms in photo @Willard ?
     

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    Yes, I see the weeping tree in your photo. I'll try to get there in person, before I attempt an ID.
     
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    20220508 Payne Apple Willard1:1.jpeg
    Not a cherry tree. Could be an apple tree.
    Pretty, though.

    No notches visible in those petals.
     
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    ‘Ama-no-gawa’ still blooming on Reed Road, west of Payne. Still fragrant, too.

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    ‘Shiro-fugen’ at Gibsons Town Hall on South Fletcher is still blooming.

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    This is on North Road in NE rural area of Gibsons (close to junction of North & Chamberlain dog park road)

    the photo is a quick side of road take

    the real scene is gorgeous

    i realize the color pink is often associated w cherries ornamental cherries — thé solo pink with the larger white blossom « supporting cast » is beautiful on this private property visible from North Road.

    just for @Acerholic i straightened the car window photo :)
     

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    Fine pair of ‘Shiro-fugen’ at the intersection of Franklin and Cochrane.
    20220509 FranklinCochrane Shiro-fugen Willard1:2.jpeg
    Notice the wingspan on this one.
    I hope it stays that way.

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    ‘Shiro-fugen’ and maybe an apple tree on the SW corner of Franklin and Gower Pt Rd.
    20220509 FranklinGower Shiro-fugen Willard1:3.jpeg

    Good location to compare apple blossom petals (no notch) to cherry blossom petals (notched).
    20220509 FranklinGower Shiro-fugen Willard2:3.jpeg

    ‘Shiro-fugen’ blossoms
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    I'm interested to see the structure of the tree that's hidden by the apple. It's interesting that it's growing so vertically, not seeming to do the wings.
     
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    Here’s another angle of the ‘Shiro-fugen’ on Franklin and Gower.
    Wingless, but with antennae.
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    I'm enjoying all the photos, even if a little wonkey at times Georgia.
     
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    Pair of ‘Kanzan’ still looking respectable today.
    On Seamount Way in Gibsons.

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    Single ‘Shiro-fugen’ on RobertsCreek Rd, southwest of Emery.
    20220511 RobertsCreekRdEmery Shiro-fugen Willard1:1.jpeg
     
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    Young ‘Shiro-fugen’ at southeast corner of Roberts Creek School playground.

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    What used to be a 10 acre golf course in Gibsons was re-developed into a strata complex about 30 years ago. The ponds are on private property and not visible from the street. Several species of mature trees still standing, including eight ‘Kanzan’.

    Enjoyed by deer, waterfowl, bears and humans.
    A special place.

    20220511 Kanzan Willard.jpeg
     
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