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  1. Willard

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    20210310 FranklinGower Whitcomb Willard IMG_9321.JPG 20210310 FranklinGower Whitcomb Willard IMG_9324.JPG 20210310 FranklinGower Whitcomb Willard IMG_9330.JPG Here’s another ‘Whitcomb’ in Gibsons.
    Past peak bloom, but still respectable.

    This tree suffered during the cold snap a few weeks ago (-11C). Brrr
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    It didn't get that cold here, but one of the West End trees looks very bad. I can't tell if the flowers were open enough that they were mostly damaged, or if the tree is in trouble. It looks like it was cold enough in Gibsons that the buds weathered the cold.
     
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    Here’s a good young ‘Whitcomb’ that survived the cold snap. About 50% in bloom. Oh... to be young.

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    ‘Whitcomb’ on private property at 1474 Sunset Place.
    About 60% blooming.

    Not as vibrant as the youngster in previous post. Still nice to see.

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    ‘Whitcomb’ at Parks Yard in Gibsons.
    722 School Rd.

    About 90% blooming.
    Very similar to last year.

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    20210327 Franklin Accolade Willard IMG_9482.JPG 20210327 Franklin Accolade Willard IMG_9481.JPG 20210321 Franklin Accolade Willard IMG_9486.JPG 20210327 Franklin Accolade Willard IMG_9485.JPG 20210327 Franklin Accolade Willard IMG_9478.jpg
    Just when I convinced myself there were no ‘Accolade’ on the Sunshine Coast I spotted these young twins on Franklin Rd in Lower Gibsons. I wish them luck.

    ‘Whitcomb’ and plum in background of third photo.
     
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    A tree my friend takes annual portrait of — so I am attaching jpg Re: how it has looked over the recent years

    It is on the NORTH side of SuperValu nest the huge loading bay where the trucks offload (immediately beside pavement painted yellow “no parking”

    The tree looks healthy all things considered (pruning etc) and the graft is very tall

    It is impressive that the root stock has not pushed or cracked the surrounding concrete and asphalt

    Nor are there any suckers (from the root stock) evident

    The bud pix are how it appears today ! Plus some old ones fr prev years.

    Spring!

    I hope the scout experts can ID it.
     

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    I’ll check that tree out tomorrow.
    It’s in my ‘hood.

    Thanks for your interest, Georgia Strait
     
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    20210329 GrandviewHeightsRd Beni-shidare Willard IMG_9489.JPG
    ’Beni-shidare’ are blooming now in Gibsons.

    Here’s one on Grandview Heights Rd.
     
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    Good morning Georgia, I'm sure I will be corrected if I'm wrong, but IMO it is Prunus cerasifera Cherry plum. Lots of these over here atm flowering in England. But if @Willard can get closer, I'm sure you will get a definitive ID.
    Have a great day.
     
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    @Georgia Strait, good afternoon Georgia, I went out to look for a Prunus cerasifera this morning and found this one for you to compare.
    IMG_20210331_132207344.jpg IMG_20210331_132217325.jpg
    Edit.. this is pyrus calleryana ornamental pear. 'Not' Prunus cerasifera.
    Thanks Wendy.
     
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    Willard - somehow I have ruined the reply to your recent msg

    Here is further info for you —

    The metal railing that stops people fr falling in to the huge loading bay is right next to this tree.

    Another interesting tree up at the Sunnycrest Mall is on the London Drugs side down the middle aisle of parking spaces approx 60 feet directly outside Marks workwear store (and B.C. Liquor)

    I forget name of tree (I will find it later) and it is deciduous w really sharp “fruit” like little hedgehogs. The one tree I speak of has someone’s little avian condo up in the branches — crow I imagine. It’s fun to look at fr distance.
     
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    Acerholic, but you found a pear. Pyrus calleryana?
    Georgia's tree is not a plum, which have single flowers not in inflorescences (generally - there seem to be some late-season groupings in twos, but P. cerasifera are single) and don't have notches at the ends of the petals. These flowers are in umbels and have notched petals.
     
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    Yes I did, why oh why did I have it listed as plum !!
     
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    @Willard - the non-blossom tree with fabulous fall colour (and bird condo up in bare branches yet to spring forth) is id’d by Ron B as liquidambar

    Here is the old thread
    fall foliage city and country, planted and wild
     
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    Georgia Strait, your directions are impeccable. I think the tree is ‘Akebono’. And I’m tempted to go out there after dark and cut off those suckers.

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    The ito-zakura on Oceanmount is blooming now, visible from two blocks away. Precisely pruned.
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    That’s the same there tree at Sunnycrest —- I don’t know the mall manager but you could perhaps drop that mail key the crows have hung up (your pix today) and try to find the key in the mugo pine & quickly snip away the shoots!
    Suburban guerrilla cherry scout gardening :)
     
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    A couple of sightings today of either plum or cherry (possibly rootstock cherry )
    1. Proceed NORTH on PAYNE road fr Gibsons Starbucks until you stop at intersection of Reed Road (the town has two diff spelling of same road)

    Turn right (EAST) on Reed as if going to ferry at Langdale

    Immediately on your right you will see a MayCon Development sign and on your left you will see a large regional district fresh water tank.

    Do you see the trees with pink buds? On thé north side next to water tank. Private property but the trees are on the roadside.

    2. Photo attached - this is way down North Road close to ferry, below what locals call the “hairpin turn” (corner)

    There are a couple of huge water tanks and then some bushy yards below the big houses in uphill side

    There are some ornamental stone fruit trees across the street fr approx 1785 North Rd — some yet to bloom but there is a big fluffy white blossom tree in full celebration

    I think it might be root stock that took over - and it’s very enthusiastic

    If you look closely in the photo - the big snowy peak is Mount Wrottesley way up to the north in Howe Sound - the red pin is Wrottesley
     

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    It's a little early for cherry rootstock growth of that size to be in bloom. They don't give you much room on that road to pull off and park, do they.
     
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    ‘Snofozam’ blooming now on Roberts Creek Rd. The only one I’ve seen from Lund to Port Mellon.

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    Here's one for you wcutler, complete with lamp post.

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    'Accolade' in full glorious bloom on Reef Road in Sechelt.
     
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    Substantial 'Beni-shidare' in downtown Sechelt on Dolphin Street. Un-pruned and fountain-like.

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    Based on this 'Akebono' in bloom at the RCMP Headquarters in Sechelt today, I would say that Gibsons is about a week behind in bloom dates. Stay tuned.

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