|Momo no hana... Prunus persica, peach blossoms|
...so I pointed out to him that peach trees often have both pink and white blossoms on the same tree and that the flowers are much bigger and doubled compared to cherry blossoms.
|a hybrid Weeping Sakura cultivar|
But even when the flowers are hybrid doubles, as they are on the weeping cherry in the photo at left...
...the petals still have that characteristic v-notch centered on the edge. (That's a neighbor's tree--I love poking my nose into other people's gardens to see what's coming up...)
I will never walk out of my house without my camera again. I won't. We took Cici to the pool today, and as we were standing at the bus stop (next to the river where I took several photos of cherry blossoms in the rain), I saw a bird in one of the cherry trees out of the corner of my eye. I knew it was something I hadn't seen before and walked behind the bus stop shelter to have a look. And what to my wandering eye should appear:
|Isohiyodori (Monticola solitarius)|
*sigh* End of digression...
|gratuitous photo of peach blossom... because I took a zillion photos|
The above digression was followed by a very long pause as I wriggled my way down the rabbit hole of the genus Prunus...
|Prunus mume (subgenus Prunus)|
|pink and white... on the same tree|
|Prunus persica (subgenus Amygdala)|
What was I talking about?
|Prunus x yedoensis, the Yoshino cherry|
Plums bloom on small twigs branching off the main branch, often offset.
I've mentioned before, plum blossoms smell good...
...and the petals are *rounded*. No notch.
Peach blossoms bloom similarly along the branch, but are much larger than plum blossoms...
...which gives peach trees that "fluffy", more filled in, look...
...and petals are, like plums, *rounded*.
Cherry blossoms, on the other hand, bloom in sprays of three or four (even five or six sometimes) from every node. Think of the fruit--the way cherries with the stems still attached can be connected in pairs (isn't that how you would draw cherries if I asked you to?).
When the sakura aren't quite all the way out, the effect is of pale pink floating clusters...
...and the petals are *notched*.
If you're trying to draw cherry blossoms, draw five pairs of parenthesis and attach each pair with a small v at the top:-))
Compare--peach blossoms in the foreground, cherry blossoms on the mountain behind. See? Different:-) Looking at plums, you notice the individual flowers. On the peach trees, though, it's the individual branches sticking up like fluffy bottle washers that the eye distinguishes. And the masses of pale pink sakura--are they mist or are they cloud?
The cherry blossoms, though, are nearly done... the petals are falling, coming down like snow when the wind is strong, leaving the red-violet sepals among the newly unfurling leaves.
Of course, there's a word for cherry trees in that state-- Hazakura, "Leaf Cherry". My husband thinks they look messy like that;-))