Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ABC Wednesday "K"


"K" is for Kwanzan Flowering Cherry Tree
prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'


The Kwanzan Flowering Cherry tree, also known as a Japanese flowering cherry tree, is one of the most popular cultivars of the flowering cherry trees. This deciduous tree rapidly grows to height of 20 to 30 feet. The blooms are a clear pink, double flower (multiple petals like a carnation). The blooms tend to last 3 weeks, yielding to a light green foliage with a red tinge.

I was visiting my "green thumb" daughter this afternoon with camera in hand. Her large yard is a riot of color, with all sorts of blooming plants, and I need to stock up on photos of such.

"I need a "K" photo," I said, "but that tree in the courtyard is beautiful; I'll get some shots of that while I'm here."

"Ha!" she replied. "There is your "K! That's a Kwanzan Flowering Cherry."

Ask, and ye shall receive.


ABC Wednesday was created by Mrs. Nesbitt. Please visit the ABC Wednesday site to view others' interpretations of this week's letter, "K."

24 comments:

jinksy said...

Cherry Blossom Pink at its best - now all we need is Apple Blossom White and we have a hit song?

jinksy said...

At least, there was one in England - called Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White, but I can't remember the name of the artist...

gone to the dogs said...

Beautiful! it did my spring/warm weather longing heart good.

Janie said...

How convenient that the beautiful flowering cherry starts with a K!

Syaa_Fiqq said...

The flowers are beautiful, your great captured make them more beautiful..

Countrygirl said...

Beautiful and springy!

pictureeachday said...

What a FABULOUS photo. I wish I had a green thumb like your daughter.. I have killed every plant I've ever had, eventually :(

JC said...

Beautiful

Tumblewords: said...

Glorious photo! Glorious.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how I love the flowering cherries, Pat. Gorgeous!!! (I would never have known it by using the word, Kwanzan!!!)

Hugs,
Betsy

RuneE said...

It is beautiful tree and you are lucky to have it so early. Hopefully by the end of the month...

Mara said...

The first thing that sprang to mind was: wedding dress! The softness of the flowers, the delicate colour. Beautiful

rhymeswithplague said...

Kwanzan? KWANZAN?? Surely you jest. I'm sure the word is Japanese, but it is too much like Kwanzaa for my sensibilities.

Here in Georgia, the typical cherry blossoms are a much paler pink, almost white.

Note to jinksy: Does the name "Perez Prado" ring a bell?

Moannie said...

I have a cherry tree too, it is a false cherry in that the fruit are tiny inedible things but the blossom is lovely, falling now so that it looks like snow.

Your photo is terrific.

Suldog said...

Cherry blossoms are lovely, aren't they? Nothing gets you into a nice spring-summer mood than to see the trees blossoming. That'll happen soon around here, and I can't wait.

Patty said...

Beautiful color aren't they?

Arkansas Patti said...

Beautiful shot. Makes me want to go out and buy one now.

jay said...

Oh, how funny! Your 'K' was right in front of you all the time! It is beautiful, isn't it?

We used to have a weeping cherry in the garden and it was gorgeous in the spring when it flowered, but we kept getting poked in the eye when we tried to mow the lawn so it had to go.

On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

Dr.John said...

I love the picture and envy you. We have more snow coming.

Hilary said...

I love cherry blossoms.. the flower and the chocolate. ;)

TSannie said...

What a gorgeous tree! And how serendipitous that it's name began with a K! Beautiful!

Rose said...

I had not heard of/or noticed these till just a few years ago...they are beautiful!

By the way, my granddaughter was born Feb 9--she and your great-grandson sure aren't far apart in age.

mrsnesbitt said...

Sorry it has taken me a week to get round to visit you, but welcome aboard and thanks so much for contributing! Cherry Blossom.arghhhhh Summer cometh!

Louise said...

This is stunning. The subject and the photography are both fabulous. I think the color of cherry blossoms (no matter the type) are the most wonderful.

And Happy Anniversary!