Pretty blossom on trees planted 10 years ago
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I can see Hawthorn leaves in the shot of the hedge, but this is the flower of a different species - probably Prunus spinosa or a similar cherry species. Most Crataegus bear their flowers in flat, wide corymbs whereas these flowers are all along the stem. I'm guessing you will see the Hawthorn flowers in another 2-3 weeks.
I will go straight out and investigaate exactly what I have growing here! I don't remember planting any cherry but all the plants were whips from the London Wildlife Trust's Wildlife Gardening Centre in Peckham, so they may have been muddled over winter! I thought it was early for hawthorn and wondered why it was the only one flowering, so your comment make a lot of sense! Well spotted. And thanks! Carol
I have reposted this 'hawthorn' as an unknown species of prunus, today, 27th April 2010
Hawthorn flowers also have a very subtle but, to my nose at least, very pleasant scent - not so any prunus so far as I am aware. Hawthorn flowers also age from white through creamy to pinkish - exact shades depending on the particular tree and the weather.
10 years growth of any of these trees should also see them fruiting for several and at least 10 feet high, usually more.
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