Blossom delight . . . a bee favourite
I think cherry trees are a definite must for all gardens and, with clever planting of different varieties, you can have beautiful displays from August through to November.
Driving back from Whanga¯rei last week I couldn’t help but notice the Awanui cherry trees flowering. Tauranga is a real delight now with cherry trees in near full blossom all around town.
Drive down St Regis Way or Greerton Village and have a look at Prunus Awanui cherry trees flanking the road. Stop and have a look at them with the blue sky behind and witness the hundreds of bees, happily buzzing amongst the soft baby pink flowers.
Cherry blossoms are also a big favourite of waxeyes and tuis and are an important food source for them at this time of year, when many other nectar producing plants are not yet in flower.
I also love Prunus Shimidsu Sakura. It is deservedly one of the most popular flowering spreading cherry trees. It makes awonderful shade tree, with its pink to white fully double blossoms and canopy shape to about 4x4m.
If you are after a smaller cherry tree to adorn your garden, then I suggest either Prunus Pendula Rosea or Prunus Falling Snow. Both will grow to only about 2mto 3m high. Rosea has slender, willowy arching branches which become covered in light-pink flowers and Falling Snow is amagnificent slender, weeping tree decked in small, snowy white, single blooms with pink stamens.
At Decorwe also have some lovely flowering crab apples, which are just starting to show blossom. Again, these are good for a smaller garden with some of them beingweepers and others small trees which will also produce crabapples that can be eaten or admired on the tree.
One of the things that I like about these lovely blossoming trees is the wonderful carpet of flowers you get on the lawns beneath them. There is a real feel of spring and the promise of summer.
So while you are out and about over the next couple of weeks, search out some flowering cherry trees, sit beneath one and look up in wonder at their beauty and enjoy the bee and birdlife. I think cherry trees are a definite must for all gardens andwith clever planting of different varieties, you can have beautiful displays from August through to November.
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Cherry blossoms: A real feel of spring in the air.