And if you think this a cherry tree, I’ll ask you what color the leaves are, and you’ll say plum, and I’ll say BINGO! Even in J-town, the blossoms you see are from plum trees…
What’s that, when you were a mere pup cherry trees blossomed in March or April and now you’re seeing blooms in late January and the start of February?
Like here on Grove yesterday, and all over SF pretty soon:
But actually, the trees you’re seeing are actually flowering plums, which are known for their early blooms. So what you’re doing is comparing apples with oranges, or cherries with plums.
And actually, the plum blossoms are late this year, at least compared with recent history.
What’s that, plum and cherry are basically the same? NOPE. They’re in the same family, of course, but the flowering plums that you think are cherries are famous for early blooming.
What’s that, you just saw the blooms in Japantown, so you know you saw cherry trees? NOPE. J-town has a lot of new plum trees, for whatever reason.
What’s that, global warming IS happening? Well, no doubt, but that’s not the reason why you think the cherry trees of your youth are blooming three months earlier these days.
I’ll agree that these trees are closely related and that they look very similar.
(If you still don’t believe me, check the Urban Forest Map.)
Here’s your proof, here’s how things are looking in Buchanan Plaza in April 2014:
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That would be a couple plums on the left and genuine cherry on the right.
Why did people plant plum trees in J-Town? IDK, perhaps to make it look like we had cherry trees blooming in mid-winter?
Anyway, proof promised, proof delivered.
(I’ll just say that if you ever earnestly Tweet a link to Chuckworthy, I’ll Unfollow you in a New York minute. That’s how I roll.)
What’s that, when you were a tyke, cherry trees bloomed in April and now they’re blooming in late January because of that darn global warming?
Well yeah, but what you’re looking at aint cherry trees, they’re plum trees, muchacho/a.
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What’s that, you just saw them in J-Town, so they must be cherry trees? NOPE! What you saw was Prunus cerasifera, a kind of plum. Yes, they planted plums on Post Street on purpose, to stagger the blooms from winter to spring, one supposes. Go back to Japantown in April and you’ll see blossoms from the real deal, Prunus serrulata aka Japanese Cherry, Hill Cherry, Oriental Cherry, East Asian Cherry, or soon enough, East Sea Cherry for all I know.
What’s that, Prunus cerasifera’s common name is cherry plum so close enough? NOPE! Cherry is cherry and plum is plum.
What’s that, global warming is real and trees are blossoming earlier and earlier? MAYBE SO! But just don’t call plum trees cherry trees, that’s what I’m saying. That’s the “one weird trick.”
All right, here you go, here’s a genuine cherry tree during late January in the 415:
Cherries will be blooming soon enough.
Until then, enjoy eating plum blossoms, as this Wild Parrot of Telegraph Hill did near the Financial one winter long ago:
So, yes, January is a very early time to see cherry trees start to blossom but what you’re actually seeing are plum trees.
Now both kinds of trees are pretty much the same thing, so no biggee, but plums come out earlier than cherries – global warming doesn’t have anything to do with that.
Oh, here’s what they look like, rather a bit more pink than cherry, in my experience.
Near Clay and Davis, Financial District:
And here’s a nice shot from Flickr:
(Sunrise this AM looked equally intense over the East Bay, let me tell you.)
(Avert your eyes from the plum trees they’ve got at the Peace Plaza on Post – they’re there to trick you into thinking you’re seeing cherry blossoms in January…)
Anyway, that’s what you call Sky Blue Pink.
That’s par for the course when the 415 enjoys chilly Blue Skies
These cherry trees in Japantown are getting an early start on Spring.
Spring comes to California tonight at 10:48 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Those of you on the East Coast will need to wait until tomorrow to celebrate the end of winter. Enjoy