Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Which is Which?

Spring in Japan is quite beautiful with all the pink and white flowering trees. Usually it is a time to hold hanami parties under the trees, as the petals float down from the branches.  This year we've been told to wait until next year to gather for hanami parties, but we can still enjoy the sight of the flowers. 

Many of my friends can tell me which trees are cherry, peach, or plum.  I think they are all pretty, but I have to admit, I don't know which is which. I found some information online to help distinguish, but I may still confuse them.  

Cherry - March to April (May in Hokkaido). There are many types and much variety. The colors range from pale pink (most common) to dark pink.  The petals are nearly heart-shaped and the flowers have long stems.

Peach - late March to mid April in Japan, colors range from white to bright pink.  The flowers grow in clusters along the tree's shorter branches and consist of five petals which taper to sharp points.

Plum - January to March in Japan, colors range from white and pale pink to deep pink. The flowers grow directly off the branch (no stem) and have five rounded petals.

Are you enjoying any flowering trees where you live?


Janie said...

Thanks for the free online photo class tip and beautiful colors in your hexagon ( in your previous post )
And the fabulous blossoms of plum, peach and cherry cheered me up, wow.
Thank you again.

kiwikid said...

We are heading into winter so the leaves are turning reds and browns getting ready for the trees rest time.

Jeanie said...

We only have one flowering tree out so far here but I think another week or two and it will be a different story. These are simply beautiful. It must be glorious to see and smell these!

Vireya said...

I can't tell the difference between various fruit blossoms. They are all beautiful!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

the best thing about Spring is flowering bushes and trees.
xx, Carol

Julie said...

Blossom shouts Spring, when I look out of my window I see a few in neighbours gardens.

Mae Travels said...

All the things that poets say about April and flowering trees seem especially ironic this year, with the cruelty coming from the epidemic. Your photos are beautiful,

Be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Queeniepatch said...

I wonder if I can distinguish between a peach and a plum tree? I will have to look out for the pointed tips on peach blossoms.

Leonore Winterer said...

I think I can recognize a cheery tree by the leaves, but I'm not sure whether I could distinguish the different flowers!