Guide to the Flowering Trees of James Bay

Guide to the Flowering Trees of James Bay

  Queen of the Blossoms: Image by Teresa Waclawik

Queen of the Blossoms: Image by Teresa Waclawik

By Ann-Lee and Gordon Switzer

Originally printed in the James Bay Beacon in April 2005

A bleak, cold February with winds, snow, and capricious temperatures encouraged the apple and plum blossoms to stay tightly furled. We are including a schedule of blossoms based on averaging records from the past.

Date of Blossom         Street                          Type of Tree

Late Feb-early Mar       Clarence, Montreal,       Purple Leaf or Pissard Plum

                                    Niagara, Government,    (Prunus cerasifera pissardii)

                                    Menzies, Croft, Paddon

Early March                Government, Ontario,     Dark Purple Leaf Plum or Nigra

                                    Kingston, Niagara,         (Prunus cerasifera atropurpur

                                    Croft                            nigra) fragrant, pinker blossom with

                                                                        Darker purple leaves

Mid-March                 South Turner, Rendall,   Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x

                                    Pendray, Belleville,        yodoensis) single-blossom, pale

                                    Menzies, Beckley          pink

Late March                 Menzies, Michigan,        Kanzan or Sekiyama (Prunus

Early April                    Ontario, Erie                 serrulata ‘Kwanzan’) clusters of

                                                                        double rose-red blooms on upright

                                                                        growing blossoms

Late April                   Niagara (Dock &          Double-White or Gean Cherries

                                    Oswego)                       (Prunus avium grandiflora)

Late April-May           Irving Park                    White Goddess or Shirofugen

                                                                        (Prunus serrulata ‘Shirofugen’)

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