Sunday, April 04, 2010

Plum Blossoms

The plum tree in front of my home started blooming this week. It is not at peak quite yet, but it is getting close. Like cherry trees, plum trees have small, delicate flowers. The similarity is more than superficial since both cherries and plums are part of the same family (Rosaceae) and genus (Prunus). Most have white flowers, but this tree has pink flowers and purple leaves. For that reason I think it may be a Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera), which has pink flowers and purple leaves in some cultivars.