It’s Mid-Winter, So Our Flowering Plum Trees are Blooming – 2011′s Season is a Little Late, Actually

First started noticing these blooms a couple of days ago:

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Some people think they are cherry blossoms. Check it:

Well it’s late January in San Francisco so it’s time for our sidewalk plum trees to begin blossoming. Yeah, they look a lot like cherry trees and that causes people around town to start talking about how global warming / climate change is making the cherry trees of April wake up three months early or something.

You can double-check with the Friends of the Urban Forest if you want, but I’ll tell you, those flashes of pink you see brightening up the otherwise-dreary Streets of San Francsico these days are early-rising Prunus blireiana, aka Flowering Plum trees, or something similar.

Be patient and you’ll be rewarded with real cherry trees in March – check out the sked at the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park.

If this January blossom is cherry, I’ll eat my hat:

This will be the scene in the Financh in a couple of months – our wild parrots love all kinds of prunus blossoms of course.

Take heart, Spring is just around the corner…

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  2. John W. says:

    Thanks for posting this. Was wondering what the trees with pink flowers blooming yesterday were. I also thought they were cherry blossoms. Do you know where a concentration (of any kind) of cherry blossoms in SF is?

  3. sfcitizen says:

    I’ve been waiting for a plant person to correct me over the years – hasn’t happened yet.

    Real cherry:

    Golden Gate Park near the Friend Gate of Strybing Arboretum, by the Tea Garden.
    http://sfcitizen.com/blog/2009/04/17/its-on-san-franciscos-cherry-blossom-festival-2009-finishes-up-this-weekend/

    Post and Buchanan has a bunch of existing and newly planted trees
    http://sfcitizen.com/blog/2008/04/11/four-day-san-francisco-cherry-blossom-festival-starts-tomorrow/